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Quincy Thomas Stewart

Associate Professor of Sociology

Speciality Area(s)

Aging and the life Course; Computational Social Science; Demography; Inequality/Stratisification; Medical Sociology and Health; Quantitative Methodology; Race, Gender, and Class; Theory 

Area(s) of Interest

Formal Demography; Race and Ethnicity; Health and Morality; Agent Based Modeling 

Relevant Link

Institute for Policy Research


Quincy Thomas Stewart is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. His research artistically explores the processes that create inequalities in socioeconomic status, health, and mortality. He has published on mathematical methods for studying inequality and estimating mortality, as well as on racial and ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status, health, and mortality. His current work includes using storytelling and computational models to shed light on the system of racial inequality, examining the role of disease prevalence in mortality outcomes, and investigating informal research networks in social science.

Professor Stewart completed his undergraduate coursework (BS) in Interdisciplinary Studies at Norfolk State University (1996). He finished his graduate studies (PhD) in Demography and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania (2001). Before joining the faculty at Northwestern University, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan and on the faculty in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University for 9 years.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 208: Race & Society Syllabus

SOCIOL 400: Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software Syllabus

SOCIOL 410: Topics in Sociological Analysis: Theories of Race and Ethnicity Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Demography: Methods of Population Analysis Syllabus


Race in the Machine: A Novel Account
Stanford, CA: Redwood Press. 2023

“The Color of Death: Race, Skin Tone, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States”
With Ryon J. Cobb and Verna Keith; Ethnicity & Health, 2020

“Race, Methodology and Social Construction in the Genomic Era”
With Tukufu Zuberi and Evelyn J. Patterson; The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2015

"The Cause-Deleted Index: Estimating Cause of Death Contributions to Mortality"
Mathematical Population Studies: An International Journal of Mathematical Demography
Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, Routledge, 2011

"Is it Race, Immigrant Status, or Both? An Analysis of Wage Disparities among Men in the United States"
With Jeffrey C. Dixon; International Migration Review, 2010

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