Ryan Talbert

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Ryan D. Talbert is an Assistant Professor of Sociology; faculty affiliate of the Africana Studies Institute and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy at the University of Connecticut; and leads the Health Equity Lab. He specializes in health disparities, race and racism, and punishment and inequality. A primary goal of his work is to examine critically how extensions of white supremacy and systemic racism shape and maintain racial health disparities. A second line of research examines the social psychology of race and ethnicity with a focus on attitudes, discrimination, and identity, and a final line of inquiry analyzes the causes and consequences of contact with the criminal legal system. His scholarship has been published in journals such as the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and has been covered in outlets such as NBCBLK, ASA News, and The Sentencing Project. Ryan was the recipient of the 2024 Mentorship Excellence Award from UConn’s Office of Undergraduate Research; 2024 Teaching Excellence Award from the UConn-American Association of University Professors; and the 2024 Faculty Mentoring of Graduate Students Award from UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



PhD 2020, Sociology, Vanderbilt University
MA 2015, Sociology, East Carolina University
BA 2013, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



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Office Location307 Manchester Hall