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Jessica Polos

IPR Postdoctoral Fellow

IPR Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020


CV | Twitter: @JessicaPolos | Website

Trained in sociology and demography, Polos' research uses biosocial and quasi-experimental approaches to examine links among social determinants, biological mechanisms, and health outcomes. She is particularly interested in the areas of maternal-child health, structural discrimination in health, and health disparities. Working with IPR biological anthropologist Thomas McDade, she is currently involved with several ongoing research projects linking early life adversity to inflammatory health outcomes over the life course. She also has interests in sociology of the family, focusing on fertility, parenting, and care work.