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Kelsey D. Meagher


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis, 2019.
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Davis, 2012.
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Irvine, 2010.


My research focuses on environmental sociology, health, social inequality, and organizations and institutions. My dissertation examines cross-national differences in policy responses to foodborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. and Germany. Other recent projects include studies on the social organization of climate change research, the persistence of housing and utility hardship in low-income households, the influence of labor market dynamics on attitudes about gender inequality, and the impacts of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on immigrant health.

I use a variety of methods in my research, including both qualitative methods – such as interviews, case study research, and content analysis – and quantitative methods, such as multilevel models, categorical and limited response models, longitudinal analysis, dynamic treatment effects models, and spatial analysis.

Research Focus

Environmental Sociology; Health; Organizations and Institutions; Social Inequality; Food and Agriculture Systems; Political Sociology; Mixed Methods.

Selected Publications

Meagher, Kelsey D. 2019. “Public Perceptions of Food-Related Risks: A Cross-National Investigation of Individual and Contextual Influences.” Journal of Risk Research 22(7): 919-935.

Meagher, Kelsey D., and Xiaoling Shu. 2019. “Trends in U.S. Gender Attitudes in 1977-2018: Gender and Educational Disparities.” Socius 5: 1-3.

Patler, Caitlin, Erin Hamilton, Kelsey D. Meagher, and Robin Savinar. “Uncertainty about DACA May Undermine its Positive Impact on Health for Recipients and their Children.” Health Affairs 38(5): 738-745.

Finnigan, Ryan, and Kelsey D. Meagher. 2019. “Past Due: Combinations of Utility and Housing Hardship in the United States.” Sociological Perspectives 62(1): 96-119.

Shu, Xiaoling, and Kelsey D. Meagher. 2018. “Beyond the Stalled Gender Revolution: Historical and Cohort Dynamics in Gender Attitudes from 1977-2016.” Social Forces 96(3): 1243-1274.