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Jennifer Melvin: Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Melvin
Assistant Professor


Social Sciences

Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

Professor Melvin’s Peer Reviewed Publications Include:

First Author: “Race/Ethnic and Nativity Differentials in Disability and Physical Functioning in the U.S.” in Demographic Research. 2015.

First Author: "Race/Ethnic and Nativity Differentials in Household Limitations for Older Americans”. Under Review: Social Science and Medicine

Co-Author: “Disability Trajectories by Age of Migration among Mexican Elders in the U.S.” in Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences. Forthcoming.

Co-Author. “Prevalence and Trends in Morbidity and Disability among Mexican American Elders in the Southwestern United States." In Research on Aging. 2016.

Co-Author: “Acculturation, Gender and Active Life Expectancy in the Mexican-Origin Population" Journal of Aging and Health.2015

Co-Author: “Age of Migration, Functional Limitations and Disability among the Elder Mexican-Origin Population. Under Review: International Migration Review

Co-Author of textbook: Introduction to Sociology:  McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Professional Profile:

Dr. Melvin earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Demography from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her M.A. and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida. Professor Melvin worked at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas, during which time she was awarded an NICHD Pre-doctoral research fellowship to study how nativity status combines with race and gender to create unique trajectories of health and functioning in later life.  Her current research investigates health disparities in our rapidly aging population, with a focus on the intersection of race, ethnicity, nativity, and gender.

Teaching and Related Service:

Courses Taught:

  • General Sociology
  • Health in Society
  • Research Methods
  • Social Stratification
  • Senior Seminar

Previously Taught at:

University of Texas at Austin

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Reviewer for: Demography, Demographic Research, Journal of Aging and Health.

Faculty Adviser for Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Honors Society, Flagler Chapter

Frequent presenter at national conferences, including: American Sociological Association, Population Association of the Americas, Gerontological Society of America.