Affiliate Faculty

Springer, Kristen Wray


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006

M.A. Sociology, Yale University, 2000

M.P.H. Behavioral Science & Health Education, Emory University School of Public Health, 1997

B.S. Chemistry, University of California at Santa Cruz (Highest Honors), 1994

Research Interests

Health, Gender, Family, Aging, Methodology.

Biographical Notes

Professor Springer's current scholarship focuses on the health effects of gendered norms and family dynamics among older adults. Specifically, most of her research centers on three related areas: 1) long-term health effects of childhood abuse; 2) marital income dynamics and men’s health; and 3) masculinity ideals, socioeconomic status, and health outcomes. She has also begun extending this agenda to theorize and model the biological and biosocial processes underlying these substantive areas. She has research published in journals including American Journal of Sociology, American Journal of Public Health, Gender & Society, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science & Medicine, and Social Science Research. Professor Springer’s research has also been featured in national and international news sources including ABC News, LA Times, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

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Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Institute for Research on Women Faculty Fellowship, Rutgers University 2010-11
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Columbia University 2008-2010
  • Roberta J. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Sectionn 2007
  • Kathryn DuPre Lumpkin Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Sociology 2006
  • Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division 2006
  • Graduate Student Mentor Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006
  • Dissertation Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2005-06
  • National Institute on Aging Pre-Doctoral Trainee, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2002-05
  • Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division 2004
  • Ph.D. Fellowship, Yale University 1998-2000
  • Woodruff Fellowship, Emory University 1995-1997

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