Department of Sociology

Hyungmin Cha

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

PRC Graduate Research Trainee
Hyungmin Cha



Health Disparities, Aging & the Life Course, Family, Gender.


Hyungmin (Min) Cha is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center (PRC) Graduate Research Trainee. He studies socio-economic inequalities in a cumulative and embodied fashion across the life course. His primary research interests are life course origins of health disparities, morbidity and mortality, and biodemography. 

Min's current research addresses two related questions. 1) How do life course exposures from childhood into adulthood influence the health and mortality of older adults? 2) How do inequalities in adult health and mortality arise from a key fundamental cause of diseases (i.e, educational experiences?) The first topic reflects Min's interest in "the long arm of childhood" when 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. This perspective has been used to investigate a variety of questions pertaining to population health disparities in the US adult population. Min's recent work on the second topic has expanded current knowledge of the ways in which education, as well as other life course socioeconomic resources, influences life chances in the U.S. For example, Min has documented how socioeconomic resources across life course combine to shape brain aging and the growing compression of dementia with higher levels of education.

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 her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Yonsei University in 2017.





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