Kathleen Cagney appointed new director of UM’s Institute for Social Research
Kathleen Cagney, professor of sociology and former associate dean of the University of Chicago, has been appointed director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
His appointment, effective September 1, was approved on May 20 by the Board of Regents. Cagney succeeds David Lam who will step down on August 31 and return to the faculty.
“Dr. Cagney has a long-standing commitment to the social sciences that is rigorous, innovative and serves the public interest, ”said Susan Collins, UM CEO and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Taking a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to examining social inequalities, she has provided essential information on the role of social context in health and aging.
“A thoughtful adopter of new research techniques and a seasoned administrator committed to diversity and inclusion, Dr. Cagney will be an effective leader for ISR.
Cagney’s research examines social inequality and its relationship to health with a focus on neighborhood, race, aging, and life course. She has focused on bringing together researchers from many scientific disciplines and examining various datasets to create a more holistic view of the social environment and its impact on health and well-being. Her work has provided insight into how physical and social factors in surrounding neighborhoods and communities affect individual behavior and outcomes.
“It is an honor to join ISR and a community of academics who have shaped social science research for over 70 years. My work has certainly benefited from the research and knowledge generated by ISR, ”said Cagney. “I look forward to continuing David Lam’s initiatives, engaging in and amplifying the research programs that I have long admired, and developing new collaborations across the university.
Cagney, who grew up in Michigan, received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from Western Michigan University. She received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a doctorate. in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Currently, she is working on two Chicago-based studies on the neighborhood context and the health of the elderly, and examines the role of the social and physical environment in the well-being of the elderly with National Social Life, Health and Aging. Project.
From 1997 to 1999, Cagney was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, at NORC’s Population Research Center, University of Chicago. In August 1999, she joined the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor. In July 2011, Cagney joined the Department of Sociology where she became a professor.
At the University of Chicago, Cagney currently holds the following positions: Faculty Director, Yuen Campus, Hong Kong; Director, Center for Demographic Research; Director, Agency for Health Research and Quality Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training Program; co-director of the Center on Demography and the Economics of Aging; and associate professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development. From September 2017 to June 2020, she held the position of Vice-Dean in the Division of Social Sciences.
Since 1996, Cagney has been the principal investigator, co-principal investigator or co-investigator of 35 grants sponsored by agencies such as the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Rockefeller Foundation. and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. .
Its grants promote sustained research and infrastructure development programs that leverage longitudinal data to examine how demographic and economic factors facilitate or suppress individual healthy aging behaviors. One of its projects, carried out in partnership with the city of Chicago, has developed and deployed a persistent and flexible instrument that supports research, development and evaluation of integrated detection and cyberinfrastructure.
Cagney most recently served as chairman of the Association of Population Centers, a member of the government and public affairs committee of the APC, the advisory board of the Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Health Disparities, and several committees. NIH review. At the University of Chicago, she has served as a member or chair of advisory committees ranging from the development of a survey on the climate of sexual misconduct to urban architecture and design to the chair’s research committees. and dean.