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Wade Roberts

Associate Professor, Assc Chr

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests

I currently teach courses in the sociology of health and medicine, spatial analysis of social issues, quantitative research methods, and social policy. 

My research agenda is currently focused on two primary areas—the social determinants of health and the spatial analysis of social issues. With respect to the former, I am exploring racial and class disparities in blood lead levels in young children. Elevated lead levels have been linked to both cognitive and emotional outcomes in children, as well as related social outcomes throughout the life course, such as educational attainment. This research highlights the role of social factors in shaping health outcomes that ultimately inform long-standing questions about the mechanisms and processes behind the social reproduction of inequality across generations. A second body of research uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map the distribution of community hazards, resources, and events to better inform our understanding of the spatial dimensions of inequality and poverty. This research is connected to my course on the spatial analysis of social issues and emerging opportunities for community-based research at Colorado College. 

Online Video Tutorials and VLab1 Access

Accessing VLab1 from:

     PC on-campus 

     PC off-campus

     Mac on-campus

GIS Video Tutorials 

Stata Video Tutorials

Regular Classes

SO130 -- Environmental Sociology

SO233 -- Spatial Analysis of Social Issues (coming soon!)

SO246 -- Sociology of Health and Medicine

SO301 -- Quantitative Research Methods

SO290 -- Socio-Economic Development in Contemporary Cuba

SO316 -- Development and Underdevelopment in Africa (Sierra Leone Field Course)

SO318 -- Politics, Inequality, and Social Policy (coming soon!)

Education

    B.A., Minnesota State University
    M.A., University of Arizona
    Ph.D., University of Arizona