Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher

Fellow: Awarded 2023
Field of Study: Sociology

Competition: US & Canada

Jason Fletcher is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Institute for the Study of Labor.

He studies the integration of genetics and social science as well as the early life conditions that shape older-age health, mortality, and cognition.  His first book, with Dalton Conley, The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future, won the Best Book Award, Evolution, Biology, and Society Section, and Otis Dudley Duncan Award, Section on Population, from the American Sociological Association.

During his Guggenheim Fellowship, he will begin a book project that uncovers the importance of early life conditions in the early 20th century on shaping contemporary experiences of mortality.

He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University (2010-2012) and chosen for the William T. Grant Scholars Program (2012-2017).  He was educated at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (economics, 2000) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD in agricultural and applied economics, 2006).

Photo Credit: La Follette School of Public Affairs

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