2017 Matilda White Riley Excellence Lecturer Awardee
Mark Hayward, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Director, Population Health Initiative
The University of Texas at Austin
Mark Hayward, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology, Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts, and director of the Population Health Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. His research integrates life course theory and statistical and demographic techniques to interrogate how factors from across the life course influence morbidity and mortality. Beyond extensive research on mortality, his work has examined a variety of aspects of health—including inflammation, cognitive impairment, disability, self-rated health and positive aspects of health including active life expectancy. Hayward has also considered the role of factors at multiple levels—from micro-level factors such as genes and biomeasures of cardiovascular, metabolic, and chronic inflammation risk to macro-level factors including state socioeconomic and policy contexts. A common thread throughout his work is understanding how socioeconomic status— especially education—as well as gender, marital status, and race/ethnicity shape health inequalities in later life. He has also explored the role of behavioral factors in health and health disparities including nutrition, body weight, and tobacco use.
Hayward is currently a Co-PI on the NIA-funded “Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America” and is the past recipient of awards through both NIA and NICHD. He has published in leading journals, including: the American Journal of Public Health, Demography, the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Science and Medicine.
In addition to his numerous scholarly accomplishments, he has served in several professional leadership positions. He recently served as the president of the Southern Demographic Association, chair of the Aging and Life Course section of the American Sociological Association, and is the chair-elect of the Sociology of Population section of the ASA. He has also served on the boards of the Population Association of America and the Society of Biodemography and Social Biology, and was a member and subsequent chair of the Inter- University Consortium for Political and Social Research council. He is currently a member of the Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences and recently served on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Society Scholars Program. Hayward earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 1981.