Ryan K. Masters

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy


Ryan Masters received his PhD in sociology with a specialization in demography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Ryan's research combines life course and cohort perspectives with fundamental cause theory to analyze trends in U.S. health and mortality disparities. His dissertation advanced a cohort  perspective to explain why the association between educational attainment and mortality risk is changing in the United States, and why we should expect disparate changes for men and women and for different race/ethnic groups. Ryan has utilized recent advances in age-period-cohort modeling techniques in much of his work, and while a Health and Society Scholar he plans to expand his research to examine trends in the health consequences of the U.S. obesity epidemic. The goal of his overall research agenda is showcase the cohort forces behind trends and patterns of U.S. health disparities.

Departmental Biography 

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