Kathleen Mullan Harris


Ph.D., James Haar Distinguished Professor, Sociology
Adjunct Professor, Public Policy


CPC Office: 123 W Franklin St, Room 2190
CPC Phone Number: (919) 962-6158

Campus Office: Hamilton Hall, Room 201

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Kathie Mullan Harris is the James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy. Her research focuses on social inequality and health with particular interests in family demography, the transition to adulthood, health disparities and family formation. Harris is Director and Principal Investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), a longitudinal study of more than 20 thousand teens who are being followed into young adulthood. Under Harris’ leadership, the study has pioneered innovative study designs and integrative multidisciplinary research to understand social, environmental, behavioral, biological and genetic linkages in developmental and health trajectories from adolescence into adulthood. She has been an advocate within the social science and population disciplines for bridging social and biomedical sciences to advance knowledge on the development of health disparities from both an inter- and intra-generational perspective to inform public health and social policy. Her publications appear in a wide range of disciplinary journals including demography, genetics, family, epidemiology, biology, public policy, survey methodology, medicine, and social and health behavior. Harris serves on several national advisory boards of leading NIH studies as well as on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations of the Census Bureau and is Chair of the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences. She received her doctorate in demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Harris was awarded the Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement from the Population Association of America in 2004 and the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences from ICPSR in 2013. She was President of the Population Association of America in 2009 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Demography

  • Population Health

Current Research Projects:

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