Taylor Hargrove is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She is also a faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Hargrove’s scholarship examines how and why social inequalities in health unfold across the life course. Her research is guided by three overarching questions: To what extent do race, skin color, gender, and socioeconomic status combine to shape health at different stages of life? How do pathways to health and aging differ among members of broadly defined social groups? What are the contextual, psychosocial, and biological mechanisms underlying health inequality? Her most recent line of work explores linkages among socio-geographic contexts, individual-level characteristics, and biological measures of health in early adulthood. The goal of this work is to elucidate how macro-level environments shape the consequences of social statuses on more proximate causes of poor health.
Hargrove received her PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2016. From 2016-2018, she was a postdoctoral scholar through the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity and the Carolina Population Center at UNC-CH. Her work has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.