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Evelyn J. Patterson

Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Law
Affiliated Faculty, Centers for Medicine, Health and Society for the Study of Democratic Institutions
Health Policy Associate, Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College

Evelyn Patterson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Law School at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Patterson received her a joint PhD in Demography and Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has three primary interests: (1) health and mortality; (2) sociology of race and ethnicity; (3) demography and institutions of social control. Dr. Patterson’s research, which has received awards from the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America, has appeared in a broad array of journals including Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Demography, Law and Society Review, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and International Migration Review. The focus of her current scholarship includes a critical examination of race as it relates to maternal mortality, policing, physical and mental health, and familial incarceration. She is also studying the differential impact of criminal law and enforcement on the demography of marginalized populations.