Heide Jackson
University of Wisconsin
Sociology & Population Health

I am currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology and a masters student in Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Key themes in my research are health over the life course. I am especially interested in how health in early life affects the accumulation of human capital, the skills and capabilities young adults need to succeed on the labor market, and how cumulative exposures to stressors in young and middle ages affect health trajectories and mortality in later life. My dissertation presents three empirical chapters looking at how obesity may affect the timing of a work disability at young and middle ages, the likelihood of recovering from a health impairing condition as an older adult, and the risk of mortality at oldest ages.