Mom's Wrigley, dad's Field. (It's fun.)
What it's like to be named Elizabeth Wrigley-Field:
My research integrates two approaches to the study of social inequality: a demographic approach that shifts perspectives between population patterns and individual movement in and out of social statuses, and a sociological approach, in which multiple dimensions of stratification interact in specific settings.
My dissertation is on mortality selection -- the phenomenon that as cohorts age, they increasingly contain only those individuals most resistant to death. A consequence is that measures of inequality may be biased by the fact that members of disadvantaged social groups live less long than their advantaged counterparts. My work uncovers previously unrecognized challenges in using mortality patterns that may arise from such selection (e.g., mortality crossovers or decelerations) to draw conclusions about underlying inequalities. In exploring the consequences of mortality selection, I draw on statistical analyses, formal analyses (i.e., deriving mathematical properties of population models), and simulations.
In a second line of research, I provide the first comprehensive analysis of racial inequality in job displacement (i.e., permanent layoffs) in the United States over the last three decades.
My paper "Mortality Deceleration and Mortality Selection: Three Unexpected Implications of a Simple Model" (forthcoming in Demography in February 2014) is available (in near-final form) as a working paper. Contact me for other papers.
From 2014-2016, I will be a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University. Beginning in 2016, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a Faculty Member of the Minnesota Population Center.