RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Stratification, Educational and Labor Market Inequalities, Work and Organizations, Gender, Families
Jayanti Owens joins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program having completed a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography at Princeton University. Broadly, her research focuses on the causes of gender, racial/ethnic, and immigrant educational and labor market inequality. Her dissertation addresses three puzzles: The growing, female-favoring gender gap in educational attainment in the United States; the evolution of the female-favoring gender gap in childhood behavioral skills across cohorts, and; the uneven career penalties that males and females receive for early behavior problems. Amidst the marked rise in the diagnosed prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children in the United States, Jayanti’s future work will investigate social and medical explanations for this rise in diagnosed prevalence across cohorts. She will also use a counterfactual framework to examine cohort and gender differences in the effects of ADHD diagnosis and treatment on later well-being and educational and labor market outcomes. Jayanti’s work has appeared in journals including Sociology of Education, Social Science Research, and Racial and Ethnic Studies. Jayanti will begin as an assistant professor of sociology and public policy at Brown University upon completion of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program.