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Sarah Cowan, Ph.D.

 RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Demography, Sociology

Area(s) of Expertise:
Fertility, Social Networks, Survey Research



Sarah K. Cowan is a social demographer who studies secrets -- when and why people conceal information about themselves and others and the effects of these acts of concealment on social influence, behavior and attitudes. Her dissertation compared abortion and miscarriage secrets in the United States. Other related work has examined Americans concealing their political attitudes. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University, she will examine the revelation and concealment of cancer diagnoses. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley. In the fall of 2015, Sarah will begin as an assistant professor of Sociology at New York University.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Sarah Cowan's available publications in PubMed.