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Erin York Cornwell

Assistant Professor

Uris Hall, Room 364


I am currently conducting research in three areas: health and aging, law and legal institutions, and social capital. In the area of health and aging, I am concerned with how social context and social relationships shape older adults’ health and well-being. I am developing a sociological framework for the study of the household environment as a physical and social context that is nested within the neighborhood environment and is independently consequential for individuals’ health and well-being. My research suggests that household conditions, such as clutter, noise, odor, and a lack of cleanliness, are a key mechanism through which social relationships affect health. Related research distinguishes the separate health risks posed by social disconnectedness and loneliness for older adults.

Research Focus

  • Sociology of Health and Aging
  • Sociology of Law
  • Social Capital
  • Stratification


  • Sociology

Graduate Fields

  • Sociology