Collin Mueller
Postdoctoral Scholar

Collin Mueller is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University. Effective Fall 2020, he will be an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Collin specializes in mixed methods research design, team-based ethnographic and qualitative interviewing techniques, and quantitative methods for analyzing longitudinal survey data. His program of research is conceptually grounded in life course perspectives, critical race theory, relational ethnography, relational inequality, and cumulative advantage/disadvantage approaches. His current research examines relationships between broad-based racial, immigration, and health policies, organizational processes in workplaces, healthcare settings, and safety-net human service organizations, and how individuals make sense of these processes in the midst of their long-term healthcare usage patterns and functional health trajectories. Through his research, he seeks to advance social scientific knowledge on the role of organizations in reproducing racial/ethnic stratification across the life course. This work also aims to inform primary health care delivery for disadvantaged patients and contribute to interventions at the organizational and policy levels to more effectively reduce health disparities among older adults.

Collin received his B.A. at Rice University, M.Div. at Duke University Divinity School, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Duke University. He has taught courses on human development, social inequality, organizations, and social science research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Duke and North Carolina Central University. He has presented at national conferences including the annual meetings for the American Sociological Association, Gerontological Society of America, and Society for the Study of Social Problems, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets including The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, The Journal of the National Medical Association, The Gerontologist, Race and Social Problems, and Social Compass. His research has been supported by extramural sources including the National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, Foundation for Theological Education, Religious Research Association, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has been supported by intramural sources at Duke University including the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development and the Sanford School of Public Policy's Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism.

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