Miles Taylor
Assistnat Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Duke University
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Dr. Taylor's research focuses on physical and mental health among older adults, including functional impairment, chronic disease, and mortality. Her most recent project deals with racial disparities in disability trajectories across later life and the intersection of demographic, contextual, psychological, and interpersonal factors in the disablement process that fuel race differences. She is also interested in marital and family relationships across the life course, including the enduring relationship of marital quality and health and the effects of grandparents in the lives of adolescents.

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Research Interest

Aging and the Life Course
Inequality and Health
Population Health and Change
Family Dynamics and Well-Being
Quantitative Methods for Trajectory Analysis


Quantitative Methods (Graduate and Undergraduate)
Introduction to Sociology
Demography and Demographic Methods

Education and Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Duke University, 2005
M.A, Department of Sociology, Duke University, 2002

Selected Papers and Publications

Taylor, Miles G. 2010. "Capturing Transitions and Trajectories: The Role of Socioeconomic Status in Later Life Disability." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 10.1093/geronb/gbq018

Lynch, Scott M., J. Scott Brown and Miles G. Taylor. 2009. "The Demography of Disability." International Handbook of the Demography of Aging. (Springer-Verlag).

Kamp Dush, Claire, Miles G. Taylor and Rhiannon Kroeger 2008. "Marital Happiness and Well-Being over the Life Course" Family Relations, Special Issue 57: 211-226.

Taylor, Miles G. 2008. "Timing, Accumulation, and the Black/White Disability Gap in Later Life: A Test of Weathering." Research on Aging: Special Issue on Race, SES, and Health 30: 226-250.

Morgan, S. Philip and Miles G. Taylor. 2006. "Low Fertility at the Turn of the 21st Century" Annual Review of Sociology, 32, 375-399.