Beth Truesdale headshotI am a sociologist who studies economic inequality, labor markets, health, and public policy.  My work focuses on the consequences of high and rising income inequality, the causes of health disparities between rich and poor, and the effects of changes in the nature of work.

Currently, I am a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Population and Development Studies.  I am investigating how occupations shape individuals’ work options and decisions during the long run-up to retirement.  I’m interested in how some occupations make it easier for individuals to “age well,” while some, especially jobs that are physically demanding, make it harder.

I have a longstanding interest in the relationship between evidence and public policy.  I previously contributed to several projects designed to improve the use of evidence in services for children and families in the United Kingdom, and I worked on disability policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2017.  My dissertation focused on the relationships among economic inequality, population health, and health disparities in the U.S.  My research at Harvard was supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Center on the Developing Child, the Center for American Political Studies, and the Tobin Project.

I also hold degrees from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and the University of Oxford, where I was a Rhodes Scholar.