Jennifer Beam Dowd, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenn Dowd is currently Associate Professor of Demography and Population Health and Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, and Associate Member, Nuffield College. Dr. Dowd is a quantitative health and social scientist with interdisciplinary training in demography, epidemiology, economics, sociology, and biology. Her research focuses on the interaction of social and biological process over the life course and the mechanisms through which social factors “get under the skin” to impact health. She has examined the social determinants of infections and immune function, as well as links between infections and chronic disease. On-going projects include exploring the social environment and the human microbiome, the causes of stalling life expectancy in the US and UK, the impact of long-term obesity on population health and mortality, and the social and biological determinants of cognitive function over the life course. She is currently researching social and demographic factors related to COVID-19, and is a proud member of the "Nerdy Girl" team at Dear Pandemic.
Dr. Dowd received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004 with a focus on economics and demography from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research. From 2006-2008, Dr. Dowd was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar in the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan. She has previously held positions in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King's College London, and the CUNY School of Public Health/CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), City University of New York.