Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Miami
5202 University Drive
Merrick Building, Room 120D
Coral Gables, FL 33146


Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientist

Member Since: 2012


Kathryn Nowotny, Ph.D.

Kathryn Nowotny, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Sociology,University of Colorado Boulder
M.A. in Sociology, University of Houston
B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Houston

Research Statement

My research explores how mass incarceration contributes to health inequalities, the intersections of crime and health behaviors, and the contextual influences on health more broadly for vulnerable populations. These complementary “streams” of research center on understanding the health of disadvantaged and underserved populations using both quantitative and qualitative methods. To this end, I use a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches at the intersection of criminology, medical sociology, and social demography.

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Miami and an Early Career Fellow in the NIDA-funded Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training (CJRT) Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities. I received my PhD in sociology (2016) from the University of Colorado Boulder. My dissertation research on inmate health and health disparities was funded by a NIH Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship and a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. I am also a former fellow of the NHSN-sponsored Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse (IRTI). I earned my MA in sociology (2008) and BAs in sociology and anthropology (2006) at the University of Houston where I also served as the project director for the NIDA-funded UH Center for Drug and Social Policy Research (2009-2011).

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