Mark Lee

Mark Lee
Graduate Research Assistant
MPC Predoctoral Trainee
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Research Interests

Sociology of the life course; Healthcare access and health disparities; Rural demography


I joined the MPC in fall 2017 during my first semester as a sociology PhD student. Currently, I work with Dr. Jeylan Mortimer using data from the Youth Development Study to examine trajectories of education, work, and health across the life course. I have also worked with Dr. Elizabeth Heger Boyle to investigate disciplinary practices in sub-Saharan Africa using data from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey.

As a predoctoral trainee at the Minnesota Population Center, I aim to understand social stratification within a life-course framework. I am particularly interested in investigating the long term impact of childhood adversity on educational attainment and health in adulthood. In my work I also give special consideration to differences between rural and urban contexts in the U.S. and internationally.


"Intergenerational Educational Mobility and Tobacco and Alcohol Use." American Sociological Association, August 2018.

"Believing and Achieving: Personal Motivation and Upward Educational Mobility." Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, July 2018.