Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Graduate Student

About Nicholas C. Smith

I am a medical sociologist interested in understanding various macro-, meso-, and micro-level determinants of health disparities within and across racial-ethnic groups. For instance, in my dissertation research, I investigate social network processes linking racial residential segregation to health and health disparities among Black, White, and Hispanic Americans. To carry out my research program, I employ quantitative methods on U.S. census data and individual-level survey data.


I have published my research in journals such as Social Science Research, Ethnicity and Health, Sociology Compass, and the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. My research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Horowitz Foundation.




Dissertation title: Sick by Structure: Residential Segregation, Social Networks, and Racial-ethnic Disparities in Health.


Dissertation committee: Brea L. Perry (chair), Pamela Braboy Jackson, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Bernice A. Pescosolido.