Faculty Profile

Sarah A. Burgard, PhD, M.S.

Sarah A. Burgard, PhD, M.S.

  • Professor, Epidemiology
  • Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Research Associate Professor, Population Studies Center
  • 500 State Street
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1382

2011-present: Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, Research Associate Professor, Population Studies Center

2005-2011: Assistant Professor, Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, Assistant Research Scientist Population Studies Center

2003-2005: Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar

  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • M.S., Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
  • B.A., International and Comparative Policy Studies, Reed College, 1997

  • Sarah Burgard's work focuses on the way systems of stratification and inequality impact the health of people and populations. Her current research focuses on the variety of conditions that characterize "bad jobs" and how these influence health over the career. Recent work has examined the impact of perceived job insecurity and actual involuntary job loss on a variety of health outcomes among U.S. adults. Other ongoing projects include work on racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic differences in infant and child health in South Africa, and Brazil, and China, and on the social stratification of sleep in the United States.

  • Song, Shige, Burgard, Sarah A. (2008). Does Son Preference Influence Children's Growth in Height? A Comparative Study of Chinese and Filipino Children Population Studies 305-320.
  • Brand, Jennie E., Burgard, Sarah A. (2008). Job Displacement and Social Participation: Findings across the Life Course of a Cohort of Joiners Social Forces.
  • Burgard, Sarah A., Brand, Jennie E., House, James S. (2007). Toward a Better Estimation of the Effect of Job Loss on Health Journal of Health and Social Behavior 369-384.
  • Burgard, Sarah A. and Donald J. Treiman. (2006). Trends and Racial Differences in Infant Mortality in South Africa. Social Science and Medicine. 1126-1137.
  • Burgard, Sarah A., Susan Cochran, and Vickie Mays. (2005). Alcohol and Tobacco Use Patterns among Heterosexually and Homosexually Experienced California Women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 61-70.
  • Sastry, Narayan, and Sarah A. Burgard. (2005). The Prevalence of Diarrheal Disease Among Brazilian Children: Trends and Differentials from 1986 to 1996. Social Science and Medicine 923-935.
  • Burgard, Sarah A. (2004). Race and Pregnancy-Related Care in Brazil and South Africa. Social Science and Medicine 1127-1146.
  • Burgard, Sarah A. (2004). Associated with Contraceptive Use in Late- and Post-apartheid South Africa. Studies in Family Planning 91-104.
  • Burgard, Sarah A. (2002). Does Race Matter? Children's Height in Brazil and South Africa. Demography 763-790.

  • American Sociological Association
  • Population Association of America
  • International Sociological Association Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility
  • University of Michigan Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy