We are so pleased to welcome— and introduce— the three new David E. Bell Fellows that comprise the 2021-2023 cohort. These fellows, who have academic backgrounds in disciplines ranging from epidemiology, to demography and sociology, will enrich our collaborative community here at the Harvard Pop Center, while they strive to advance population health science research.
Brittney Butler holds a doctorate in epidemiology from The Ohio State University, and an MPH from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research investigates anti-Black structural racism as a risk factor for Pregnancy Induced Hypertensive Disorders (PIHDs) among Black women. During her fellowship, she plans to build on her work by exploring neighborhood-level determinants, and will incorporate new theoretical frameworks and empirical methods through didactic training and interdisciplinary faculty collaborations. Brittney holds a dual appointment both as a Bell Fellow, and as an FXB Health and Human Rights Research Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Aashish Gupta is a demographer who holds a doctorate in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in development studies from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. His research uses demographic and field methods to examine interrelations between health, environment, and inequality in developing countries. Through is work, he asks: what are the causes and consequences of environmental health exposures; why is health distributed unequally; and how can we improve the measurement of population health? As a Bell Fellow, Aashish will investigate the reliability of civil registration systems and survey-based approaches to measure mortality across the life course. He will also explore the long-term persistence of health deficits and disparities in India.
A. Nicole Kreisberg holds a PhD in sociology from Brown University, and an AM in social policy from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on immigrant inequalities in educational institutions and the labor market. Her dissertation used an original field experiment, as well as a national survey experiment and in-depth interviews, to understand whether and why employers screen out Latino male college graduates from entry-level employment based on nativity and legal status. She has published research on stratification among immigrants in educational attainment and occupational prestige; the relationship between organizational behavior and employment declines among refugees; and employment discrimination more generally. As a Bell Fellow, she will continue to work on projects related to immigrant inequality in the U.S. labor market.