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Jennifer Augustine

Title: Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
Department: Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-3123
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Sociology


Dr. Augustine's research examines the transmission of advantage and disadvantage across generations in U.S. families. She focuses, in particular, on how mothers' demographic characteristics shape family level processes, which in turn, lead to disparities in young children's health and academic outcomes. A special emphasis is on the role of mothers' education in the lives of families, as well as how mothers' education moderates the impact of other well-known sociodemographic predictors of children's well-being, including family structure, mothers' birth age, and mothers’ work histories. In these efforts, her research weaves together life course and ecological approaches and generally employs longitudinal methods and methods of causal inference.