Jennifer Dowd

Deputy Director LCDS, Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor of Demography and Population Health

College: Nuffield

Areas of Research: Population Health, Biodemography, Social Determinants of Health

Areas of Teaching: MSc/MPhil course in Advanced Quantitative Methods (Hilary Term)

Areas of Supervision: Dr. Dowd is available to supervise graduate students, particularly those with interests in social determinants of health and biodemography.


Jennifer Dowd’s research focuses on the interaction of social and biological process over the life course and the mechanisms through which social factors “get under the skin” to impact health. Previous work has explored how stress and immune function may explain socioeconomic differences in health, leveraging the increased availability of biological data in social and population surveys. On-going projects include exploring the social determinants of the human microbiome, the causes of stalling life expectancy in the US and UK, the impact of long-term obesity on population health and mortality, and the social and biological determinants of cognitive function over the life course. Dr. Dowd received her PhD from Princeton University with a focus on Economics and Demography from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar in the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan (2006-2008), followed by academic posts at the CUNY School of Public Health & CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (2008-2016), and Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London (2016-2019). 

Find her on Twitter @drjenndowd.