Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Jamie M. Carroll

Post Doctoral ResearcherPhD, University of Texas at Austin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Adolescent Development Research Group
Jamie M. Carroll



Curricular Stratification; Health; Mental Health; Political Inequality; Civic Engagement; Adolescent Development


Jamie M. Carroll is a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Study of Learning Mindsets at the Population Researcher Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work investigates the ways in which institutions stratify individual outcomes across the life course by empowering some and disengaging others. She uses quantitative methods to examine how educational institutions can reproduce and disrupt inequalities in health and civic participation. Her postdoctoral work extends her findings on the importance of course-taking patterns for later life outcomes by examining how learning contexts and student-teacher relationships constrain and support students’ advanced course-taking. Her work has been published in Social ForcesThe Journal of Higher Education, and Social Science Research. Her dissertation, "Sustaining a Nonrepresentative Democracy: How Education Shapes Long-term Voting Patterns" was selected as a semifinalist for the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.

Prior to coming to UT Austin, Jamie received her M.A. in Sociology at the University of New Orleans where she studied the classroom environments of charter high schools. She received her B.A from New York University with majors in Journalism and Sociology, and a minor in French.  Her undergraduate honors thesis explored the social construction of laughter in a New York City stand-up comedy club.  After graduating, she taught high school math and science in New Orleans with Teach for America, which is when she decided to focus on education research.  She also has experience working as a freelance writer for Fortune Small Business MagazineThe Gambit, and Huffington Post.  


SOC S354K • Sociology Of Health & Illness

84967 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM GAR 1.126


This course uses lectures, documentaries, and class discussions, as well as reflections of your own and others’ health and illness and representations of health and illness in the media, to understand health and illness in the US and abroad. This course will critically examine the distribution of mortality and morbidity, how health and illness are defined and socially constructed, the experiences of illness, training and hierarchies of health care workers, interactions between health care providers and patients, alternative medicine, ethical issues in health care, and health care financing. The course will have a strong focus on social inequality in each of these topics. The majority of the course will focus on health and illness in the United States but will include discussions of health and illness in other countries and regions.


 The Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness, 8th/9th Edition by Gregory L. Weiss and Lynne E. Lonnquist

PDFs of readings on Blackboard

Grading Policy:

 Two exams  50% 

 Two Writing assignments  30%

Class Participation 20%

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