Andrew Fenelon

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Studies

Office: 305-3 Mencoff Hall
Tel: (401) 863-7284
Fax: (401) 863-3351


Andrew Fenelon received his PhD in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He is a Postdoctoral fellow in the Population Studies & Training Center. His dissertation, entitled "A Population-based Approach to Cigarette Smoking and Mortality," examined the contribution of smoking to disparities in population health in the U.S. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and has published research in Demography and the International Journal of Epidemiology. His work on the immigrant paradox was featured in Scientific American.

Fenelon's current research examines adult health disparities in a comparative perspective. Using harmonized HRS, ELSA, and SHARE, he is studying differences in socioeconomic gradients in chronic conditions, functional limitations, and mortality across 20 developed countries. The goal of the project is to identify factors that may help to ameliorate the negative impacts of socioeconomic disadvantage on health outcomes. He is also working on a project examining the contribution of cigarette smoking to widening educational disparities in life expectancy over the past several decades using the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Mortality Study.


Demographic methods, Health and mortality, Health behavior, Health disparities, Immigration, Social demography, Statistics