Kim Shuey, Associate Professor
Acting Graduate Chair, Sociology
PhD, Sociology, Florida State University
Dr. Shuey is a sociologist who focuses on social inequality across the life course. She primarily studies health inequality and the relationship between work and health. Recent research examines life course pathways of economic hardship beginning in childhood and the effect of social mobility on health in midlife. Other work examines multiple explanations for the transmission and persistence of poor health across generations. These papers (published in top journals in the field including the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, The Journals of Gerontology, and the American Journal of Sociology) underscore the importance of studying health longitudinally as a salient manifestation of social inequality resulting from patterns of advantage and disadvantage that are reproduced and transmitted across generations within families. A second focus of her research is on the consequences of employment for health and well-being. In particular, she is interested in how the insecurity associated with precarious employment environments affects workers. Papers examining precarious work, job stress, and disability accommodations have been published in journals such as The Canadian Review of Sociology, Work and Occupations and Social Currents.
Areas of Specialization
- Health and disability across the life course;
- Life course sociology;
- Transmission of health across generations;
- Precarious employment;
- Work and health;
- Environmental sociology;
- Shuey, Kim M. and Andrea E. Willson. 2021. "The Life Course Perspective." Ch. 9 in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology, edited by William C. Cockerham. Newark, NJ: John Wiley& Sons.
- Pajovic, Vesna and Kim Shuey. 2021. "Patterns and stratification of stressor exposure among Canadian workers." Canadian Review of Sociology 58(1): 86-104.
- Shuey, Kim M., Andrea E. Willson, and Travis Hackshaw. 2021. "Family Structure and Parents’ Health: Implications for the Reproduction of Health Inequality across Generations." Journal of Family Issues 42(7): 1559-1581.
- Willson, Andrea E. and Kim M. Shuey. 2019. "A Longitudinal Analysis of the Intergenerational Transmission of Health Inequality." Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 74(1): 181-191.
- Shuey, Kim M. and Andrea E. Willson. 2019. "Trajectories of Work Disability and Economic Insecurity Approaching Retirement." Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 74(7): 1200-1210.