Irma T. Elo, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology 


Ph.D. Public Affairs and Demography, Princeton University, 1990
M.P.A. Public Affairs, Princeton University, 1986
B.A. Political Science, University of Arkansas, 1976

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

Dr. Elo has a PhD in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University. She currently the Director of the Population Aging Research Center (PARC), and the Associate Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a member and/or a chair of several national and international committees, including chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC), member and chair of the section on the sociology of population for the American Sociological Association, member of the PAA’s board of directors, chair of the PAA’s Committee on Population Statistics, and a member of an International Advisory Board of the Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences. Her main research interests center on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health and mortality across the life course and demographic estimation of mortality. In recent years, she has extended this focus to include health and mortality among racial/ethnic immigrant subgroups. She has studied socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in developed countries, the contribution of early life circumstances to health and mortality in later life, socioeconomic mortality inequalities, and the role of obesity and diabetes in mortality in the United States. She has also contributed to improved mortality estimates among African Americans, the contribution of causes of death to black-white differences in mortality, the role of return migration in the Hispanic mortality advantage, and health and mortality among the foreign born relative to their U.S. born counterparts. She is currently the PI of NIA-funded study, Causes of Geographic Divergence in American Mortality Between 1990 and 2015: Health Behaviors, Health Care Access and Migration. 

Contact Information: 

Office: 243 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.898.9162