J. Scott Brown

J. Scott Brown


Professor of Gerontology

Department Chair, Department of Sociology and Gerontology


J. Scott Brown (PhD, Duke University 2002) is a professor in and chair of the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and a research fellow with Scripps Gerontology Center. Dr. Brown teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology and gerontology, including Sociology of Aging and the Life Course, Research on Inequality in Aging and Health, and Quantitative Methods and Statistics. 

Dr. Brown's research interests are focused on wealth and health inequalities across the life course with particular emphasis on gender and race differences in physical and mental health. He has published numerous research articles in these areas across a broad spectrum of journals including Demography, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, and Social Science & Medicine. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Education Statistics. 

Dr. Brown received a B.A. in history and sociology from Furman University, a M.S. in applied sociology from Clemson University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. Prior to joining the faculty of Miami University in 2005, Dr. Brown was an NIH-funded post-doctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Recent Publications

La, Hien, Cassandra L. Hua, and J. Scott Brown. (2021). "The relationship among caregiver duration, paid leave, and caregiver burden." Pp. 83-96 in Patricia Neff Claster & Sampson Lee Blair, eds. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, vol. 17, "Aging and the Family: Understanding Changes in Structural and Relationship Dynamics." 

Sun, Na, Cassandra L. Hua, Xiao Qiu, and J. Scott Brown. (In-press). "Urban and rural differences in trajectories of depressive symptoms in later life in the United States." Journal of Applied Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464820972527 (First Published November 24, 2020).

Hua, Cassandra L. and J. Scott Brown. (In-press). "Childhood socioeconomic status and physical activity in later life: The role of perceived neighborhood social cohesion and wealth in adulthood." Journal of Applied Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464820969312 (First published November 6, 2020).

Hua, Cassandra L., J. Scott Brown, Jennifer R. Bulanda. (2021). "Intergenerational ambivalence and loneliness in later life." The Journal of Marriage and the Family, 83: 75-85. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12716 (First published 05 September 2020).

Nwakasi, Candidus, J. Scott Brown, Sree Subedi, and Darlingtina K. Esiaka. (In-press). "Depression, functional disability, and accessing health care among older Ghanaians and South Africans: A comparative study based on WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)" Aging and Mental Health, doi: 10.1080.13607863.2020.1758904 (First published online ahead of print April 27, 2020).


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Spring 2023 Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-2:00pm

Additional times available by appointment

Email: sbrow@MiamiOH.edu