Department of Sociology

Hyungmin Cha

B.A Sociology; M.A Sociology, Yonsei University, South Korea

PRC Graduate Research Trainee
Hyungmin Cha



Sociology of Population; Medical Sociology; Aging & the Life Course; Family


Hyungmin (Min) Cha is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center (PRC) Graduate Research Trainee. He takes a life course approach to the study of health disparities. His primary research interests are medical sociology, sociology of population, aging and life course, and family.  

Min's current research addresses two related questions. 1) How do inequalities in adult health and mortality arise from a key fundamental cause of diseases (i.e., socioeconomic status)? 2) How do life course resources and risks (e.g., family dynamics: social connection and socioeconomic status) influence the health across the life course (e.g., young adulthood, midlife, and late-life)?

Min's recent work on the first topic has expanded current knowledge of how education and other life course socioeconomic resources influence life chances in the U.S. For example, Min has documented how socioeconomic resources across life course combine to shape brain aging (i.e.,  dementia). The second topic reflects Min's interest in "life course theory" that lives and agency are influenced by an ever-changing biographical and contexts and expressed through the network of shared relationships. The timing of events and conditions potentially scar individuals in ways that increase their risk of health problems decades later or launch "social chains of risk" to produce trajectories of health advantage and disadvantage. 

Min currently serves as a research assistant on Dr. Mark Hayward's "Education, Early Life Conditions, and Trends in Dementia" Project and Dr. Debra Umberson's "Race/Ethnic Differences in Life Course Exposure to Death: Consequences for Health" Project, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Min received his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Yonsei University in 2017.





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