PhD 2020, Sociology, Vanderbilt University
MA 2015, Sociology, East Carolina University
BA 2013, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ryan Talbert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in health disparities, race and ethnicity, and punishment and inequality. A primary goal of his work is to examine critically the creation and maintenance of racial health disparities. To this end, his dissertation analyzed the impacts of civil rights era Ku Klux Klan organizing, the presence of Confederate monuments, and exposure to deadly police encounters on racial disparities in infant mortality, mental health, and cardiovascular health, respectively. His other research examines the social psychology of race and ethnicity with a focus on attitudes and identity, and an additional line of inquiry surveys outcomes associated with criminal justice contact. His scholarship has been published in journals such as the Journal of the National Medical Association, Race and Social Problems, and Sociology Compass.