Penn State Graduate Emily Smith-Greenaway, Assistant Professor at University of Southern California, Wins ASA’s Distinguished Early Career Award
Smith-Greenaway studies how social inequalities at the family and community level influence individual well-being. She is particularly interested in exploring how literacy skills influence individual’s own health and that of their children. She has utilized both primary and secondary data to demonstrate a link between literacy and health, and has drawn from multiple disciplines to highlight the increasing need to incorporate literacy into demographic research. Thus far, her multinational research has focused primarily on sub-Saharan Africa.
Her research has been funded through both a predoctoral training grant and a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), research grants from the Penn State Africana Research Center and the Penn State Department of Sociology, a dissertation grant from the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, and a dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women.