Tyson Brown

Tyson Brown

Associate Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
263 Social Psychology Building, Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5680

Tyson H. Brown is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, where he is the inaugural Presidential Fellow (2021-2022) and directs the Center on Health & Society. His program of research examines the who, when, and how questions regarding ethnoracial inequalities in health and wealth. 

Dr. Brown has authored numerous articles in leading sociology and population health journals (CV), and his research contributions have been recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association. Brown was also the recipient of Duke University's Thomas Langford Award and was a resident fellow at Oxford University (2019-2020). In addition, he has been awarded funding for his training and research from the Robert Wood Johnson and Ford Foundations as well as the National Institutes of Health.

Brown is currently working on several projects that investigate macro-level factors and psychosocial mechanisms that underlie social inequalities in health. The first project, "Structural Racism and Health Stratification in the U.S.: Connecting Theory to Measurement," is on the conceptualization and measurement of state-level structural racism and its effects on population health. The second project uses robust analytic techniques to quantify the contributions of socioeconomic adversity and stress processes to ethnoracial inequalities in health.

Professor Brown is actively engaged in service at the university and national level. He has served in leadership position within professional organizations, including on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America as well as on the editorial boards of top journals such as Social Forces, Demography, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Brown also founded and co-organizes Duke’s Writing and ReseArch Productivity (WRAP) Group, which aims to promote excellence in scholarship and support Black faculty by creating protected writing time and a space that enhances faculty inclusion. In addition, professor Brown enjoys serving as a mentor to Duke students and postdocs as well as to early career scientists through programs funded by Russell Sage and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations to build the pipeline of future scholars. 

Representative Publications:

Brown, Tyson H. and Patricia A. Homan. 2022. “Frontiers in Measuring Structural Racism and its Health Effects.” Health Services Review (in press). DOI:10.1111/1475-6773.13978 

Homan, Patricia A. and Tyson H. Brown. 2022. “Sick and Tired of Being Excluded: Structural Racism in Disenfranchisement as a Threat to Population Health.” Health Affairs, 41(2): 219-227.

Hardeman, Rachel, Patricia Homan, Tongtan Chantarat, Brigette Davis and Tyson Brown. 2022. “We Can’t Change What We Don’t Measure: Improving Measurement of Structural Racism for Antiracist Health Policy Research.” Health Affairs, 41(2): 179-186.

Brown, Tyson H. 2018. “Racial Stratification, Immigration, and Health Inequality: A Life Course-Intersectional Approach.” Social Forces, 96(4):1507-1540.

Brown, Tyson H., Liana J. Richardson, Taylor W. Hargrove and Courtney S. Thomas. 2016. “Using Multiple-Hierarchy Stratification Approaches to Understand Health Inequalities: The Intersecting Consequences of Race, Gender, SES and Age.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 57(2):200-222.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 2008