Matt Andersson is a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE) in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. Matt received his PhD in sociology from The University of Iowa in 2014. Several of Matt’s projects deal with the measurement of socioeconomic status and heterogeneous associations of education with life-course outcomes. In one project, he tests the relevance of past, present and future work and financial situation to subjective social status in the United States versus Japan, choosing these two nations due to their highly differing time discount rates. In another, he examines childhood parental warmth as a moderator (“leveler”) of educational health disparities observed during adulthood. Also, he is examining to what extent education relies on mental health to exert its civic effects.
In other projects, Matt is interested in interrelationships among role stressors, resources, and health outcomes. He usually examines stressors and resources according to a stress-buffering framework. Role stressors include parenthood, divorce, involuntary job loss, and informal elder caregiving. Resources include optimism and self-esteem at the individual level, personal social networks and organizational supports at the meso level, and parent-friendly policies at the macro level.