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JESSICA POLOS

Master of Public Health Program

DePaul University

14 E. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60604

W: www.jessicapolos.com

E: jpolos@depaul.edu

EDUCATION

2020 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Predoctoral Trainee, Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for the Demography of Health and Aging, Supported by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (T32) and the National Institute on Aging (T32)

2010 Master of Public Policy, University of Chicago

2004 B.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

B.A., International Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Summa cum laude

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2022 – Present Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Program, DePaul University

2020 – 2022 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Policy Research (IPR), Northwestern University

PUBLICATIONS

Koning, Stephanie, Jessica Polos, Kiarri Kershaw, and Thomas McDade. 2022. “Racial inequalities in low birth weight among college-educated mothers in the United States: The role of life-course SESD.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Polos, Jessica, Stephanie Koning, and Thomas McDade. 2021. “Do Intersecting Identities Structure Social Contexts to Influence Life Course Health? The Case of School Peer Economic Disadvantage and Obesity.” Social Science & Medicine.

Ophir, Ariane and Jessica Polos. 2021. “Care Life Expectancy: Gender and Unpaid Work in the Context of Population Aging.” Population Research and Policy Review.

Winner of the Best Student Paper Award, Sociology of Population Section, American Sociological Association

Polos, Jessica and Jason Fletcher. 2019. “Caesarean Section and Children’s Health: A Quasi-Experimental Design.” Population Studies.

Fletcher, Jason and Jessica Polos. 2018. “Nonmarital and Teen Fertility.” In The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy. Ed. Susan L. Averett, Laura M. Argys, and Saul D. Hoffman: Oxford University Press.

WORKS IN PROGRESS AND IN PREPARATION


Polos, Jessica, Stephanie Koning, Taylor Hargrove, Kiarri Kershaw, and Thomas McDade. “Structural Racism in School Contexts and Adolescent Depression: Development of New Indices for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health and Beyond.” (Under Review)


Polos, Jessica. “Consequences of Medical Labels for Mothers and Infants: Structural Stigmatization or Beneficial Treatments?”

Winner of the Best Poster Award, PAA 2021

Polos, Jessica. “Breastfeeding Promotion Programs as Intensive Parenting Treatments: Impacts on Class Convergence in Parenting Style, Child Development, and Maternal Mental Health.”

Polos, Jessica. “Super-Structural Discrimination in the Generation of Health Inequalities.”

PRESENTATIONS

2022 Polos, Jessica and Thomas McDade. “Structural Racism, School Disadvantage, and Adolescent Depression: Development of New Indices for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and Beyond.” Institute for Policy Research Colloquium, Northwestern University, Chicago (invited presentation).

2022 Polos, Jessica. “Breastfeeding Promotion Programs as Intensive Parenting Treatments: Impacts on Parenting Style, Child Development, and Maternal Mental Health”. Population Association of America Annual Meeting (virtually held). Poster Presentation.

2021 Polos, Jessica, Stephanie Koning, and Thomas McDade. “Do Intersecting Identities Structure Social Contexts to Influence Life Course Health? The Case of School Peer Economic Disadvantage and Obesity.” IAPHS Annual Meeting (virtually held). Session on Social Relationships: Cohesion, Peers, and Cardiometabolic Risk.

2021 Polos, Jessica, Stephanie Koning, and Thomas McDade. “Do Intersecting Identities Structure Social Contexts to Influence Life Course Health? The Case of School Peer Economic Disadvantage and Obesity.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (virtually held). Paper Session on Health, Mortality, and Inequality.

2021 Polos, Jessica. “Consequences of Medical Labels for Mothers and Infants: Structural Stigmatization or Beneficial Treatments?” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (virtually held). Roundtable Session on Social Construction of Bodies and Health.

2021 Polos, Jessica. “Consequences of Medical Labels for Mothers and Infants: Structural Stigmatization or Beneficial Treatments?” Population Association of America Annual Meeting (virtually held). Poster Presentation.

2021 Polos, Jessica, Stephanie Koning, and Thomas McDade. “Intersecting Identities and Contextual Disadvantage: Paradoxical Implications for Life Course Obesity.” University of Chicago Demography Workshop, Chicago, IL. (invited presentation)

2020 Polos, Jessica. “Feedback Consequences of Spurious Associations of Advantage,” IAPHS Annual Meeting, Online due to Covid-19. (poster presentation)

2020 Polos, Jessica. “Linking Kin Networks and Mortality in the Context of the U.S. Demographic Transition,” Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (poster presentation; withdrawn due to Covid-19)

2020 Ophir, Ariane and Jessica Polos. “Lifelong Caring: Caregiving across the Life Course in the Context of Population Aging,” CDHA 20th Anniversary Symposium, Madison, WI.

2018 Ophir, Ariane and Jessica Polos. “Lifelong Caring: Caregiving across the Life Course in the Context of Population Aging,” Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

2016 Polos, Jessica and Jason Fletcher. “Cesarean Section, the Gut Microbiome and Children’s Health: A Quasi-Experimental Design,” Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

2015 Polos, Jessica. “Breastfeeding and the Black-White Education Gap,” Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. (invited presentation)

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2021 Best Poster Award, Population Association of America

2020 Best Student Paper Award, Sociology of Population Section, American Sociological Association

2019 – 2020 National Institute on Aging Traineeship

2015 – 2019 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Traineeship

2015 – 2016 Graduate Student Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty

2008 – 2010 University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Irving B. Harris Fellowship

2004 Phi Beta Kappa

2004 University of Illinois, University/Bronze Tablet Honors

2000 – 2004 University of Illinois, James Honors Scholar

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

2020 – Present Member, IAPHS

2020 – Present Mentorship Program, IAPHS

2019 – 2020 Aging, Health, and Place Working Group, UW-Madison

2014 – Present Member, Population Association of America

2018 – 2020 Member, Center for Reproductive Equity, UW-Madison

2014 – 2019 Member, WiscPAL, UW-Madison

2016, 2020, 2021 Member, American Sociological Association

2009 Leadership in Chicago Fellow

SERVICE

2021 American Sociological Association Conference Table Presider

2020 Search Committee, Department of Sociology

2020 Peer Reviewer, Demography, Social Science and Medicine, Social Science and Medicine - Population Health, Child and Youth Services Review, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

2015, 2017 Mentor, Department of Sociology, UW Madison

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010 – 2014 University of Chicago

Founding Associate Director, Energy Policy Institute at Chicago, 2011-2014

International Program Coordinator, 2010-2011

2005 – 2008 Illinois Office of the Comptroller

Policy Analyst, 2006 – 2008

Government Career Trainee, 2005

SKILLS & SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS

Languages: Spanish (fluent); French (basic)

Statistical Programs: STATA, R

REFERENCES

Jason Fletcher Michal Engelman

Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology Associate Professor of Sociology

University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Madison

jason.fletcher@wisc.edu mengelman@ssc.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-4436 Phone: 608-262-9856

Thomas McDade

Professor of Anthropology

Northwestern University

t-mcdade@northwestern.edu

847-467-4304