Steven A. Haas

Steven A. Haas
Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
M.S. Population Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
B.S. Michigan State University, 1998

Professional Bio


Research and Teaching Interest:

Steven Haas’ research addresses questions that lie at the intersection of social stratification, and the demography of health and aging. In particular his research investigates health as both a cause and a consequence of social stratification processes with particular interests in the processes that produce health disparities over the life course. Prior research projects have explored the social influence and peer selection processes around adolescent smoking using dynamic social network models, international differences in educational gradients in health, the relative contribution of early life versus adult factors in determining of trajectories of aging and disability, and the mechanisms linking adolescent health to educational outcomes and labor market success in both national and international contexts.  Recent work has explored the socioeconomic determinants of cognitive aging and the long-term health impacts of exposure to war during childhood.


Professional Awards and Achievements:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar
  • Editorial board Journal of Health and Social Behavior; Demography


Selected Publications:

  • Ramirez, Daniel, & Steven A. Haas. 2021. “The Long Arm of a War-torn Childhood:The Pathways through Which Childhood Exposure to Conflict Affects Self-Rated Health in Later Life.” Demography 58(3): 951-974
  • Haas, Steven A., Zhangjun Zhou & Katsura Oi. 2021. "What Role for the 'Long-Arm of Childhood' in Social Gradients? An International Comparison of High-Income Contexts" Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 12(2):147-171.
  • Farmer, Heather R., Linda A. Wray, & Steven A. Haas. 2021. “Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Variations in C-reactive Protein Using the Health and Retirement Study.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 76(3):583-595.
  • Katsuya Oi & Steven A. Haas. 2019. “Cardio-metabolic Risk and Cognitive Decline: The Role of Socioeconomic Status in Childhood and Adulthood.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 60(3): 326-343.
  • Haas, Steven A., & Katsuya Oi. 2018. “Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in International Perspective.” Social Science & Medicine 213: 123-133.
  • Haas, Steven A., Katsuya Oi, & Zhangjun Zhou. 2017. “The Life Course, Cohort Dynamics, and International Differences in Aging Trajectories.” Demography 54(6): 2043-2071.
  • Bishop, Nicholas J., Jennie J. Kronenfeld, Steven A. Haas, & Natalie D. Eggum. 2016. “Examining Socioeconomic Variation in the Co-Evolution of Cognitive Decline and Functional Limitations among the Oldest Old.” Demography 53(2): 337-364.
  • Haas, Steven A. & David R. Schaefer. 2014. “With a Little Help from My Friends? Asymmetrical Social Influence on Adolescent Smoking Initiation and Cessation.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55(2):126-143.
  • Schaefer, David R., Jimi Adams, & Steven A. Haas. 2013. “Social Networks and Smoking: Exploring the Effects of Peer Influence and Smoker Popularity Through Simulations.” Health Education & Behavior 40(1-suppl):24s-32s.
  • Haas, Steven A. 2013. “Developmental Origins of Disease and Health Disparities: Limitations and Future Directions” Pp. 23-32 in Families and Child Health edited by Nancy Landale, Susan McHale, and Alan Booth. Springer. New York.
  • Warren, John R., Laurie Knies, Steven A. Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. 2012. “The Role of Childhood Sickness in Stratifying Adult Socioeconomic Outcomes: Evidence from Late 19th Century America.” Social Science & Medicine 75:1531-1538.
  • Schaefer, David R., Steven A. Haas, and Nicholas Bishop. 2012. “Testing a Dynamic Model of Smoking and Friendship Networks of U.S. Adolescents.” American Journal of Public Health 102(6): e12-e18.
  • Haas, Steven A., Patrick M. Krueger, and Leah Rohlfsen. 2012. “Race/Ethnic and Nativity Disparities in Later Life Physical Performance: The Role of Health and Socioeconomic Status over the Life Course.” Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 67(2):238-48.
  • Kopak, Albert M., Angela Chia-Chen Chen, Steven A. Haas, and Mary Rogers Gillmore. 2012. “The Importance of Family Factors to Protect Against Substance Use-Related Problems among Mexican Heritage and White Youth.”  Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
  • Haas, Steven A., M. Maria Glymour, & Lisa F. Berkman. 2011. “Childhood Health and Labor Market Inequality over the Life Course.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52(3):298–313.
  • Gillmore, Mary Rogers, Angela Chia-Chen Chen, Steven A. Haas, Albert M. Kopak, Alyssa G. Robillard. 2011. “Do Family and Parenting Factors in Adolescence Influence Condom Use in Early Adulthood in a Multiethnic Sample of Young Adults?”  Journal of Youth and Adolescence 40(11):1503-1518.
  • Chen, Angela Chia-Chen, Steven A. Haas, Albert Kopak, and Mary Gillmore. 2011. “Depression Symptom Trajectories from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Chinese Americans vs. Non-Hispanic Whites.” Research in Nursing & Health 34(3):176-191.
  • Birnie K, Cooper R, Martin RM, Kuh D, Aihie Sayer A, Alvarado BE, Bayer A, Christensen K, Cho S, Cooper C, Corley J, Craig L, Deary IJ, Demakakos P, Ebrahim S, Gallacher J, Gow AJ, Gunnell D, Haas S, Hemmingsson T, Inskip H, Jang S, Noronha K, Osler M, Palloni A, Rasmussen F, Santos-Eggimann B, Spagnoli J, Starr J, Steptoe A, Syddall H, Tynelius P, Weir D, Whalley LJ, Zunzunegui MV, Ben-Shlomo Y, Hardy R on behalf of the HALCyon study team. 2011. “Childhood Socioeconomic Position and Objectively Measured Physical Capability Levels in Adulthood: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” PLoS ONE 6(1):e15564.
  • Haas, Steven A., David R. Schaefer, & Olga Kornienko 2010. “Health and the Structure of Adolescent Social Networks.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51(4):424-439.
  • Haas, Steven A. and Nicholas Bishop 2010. “What Do Retrospective Subjective Reports of Childhood Health Capture? Evidence from the WLS.” Research on Aging 32(6):698-714.
  • Glass, Christy, Steven A. Haas, & Eric N. Reither. 2010. “The Skinny on Success: Gender, Obesity and Labor Market Attainment over the Life Course.” Social Forces 88(4):1777-1806.
  • Haas, Steven A., & Leah Rohlfsen 2010. “Life Course Determinants of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Functional Health Trajectories.” Social Science & Medicine 70(2): 240-250.
  • Chen, Angela Chia-Chen, Bonnie Gance-Cleveland, Albert Kopak, Steven A. Haas, & Mary Rogers Gillmore. 2010. “Engaging Families to Prevent Substance Use among Latino Youth.” Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing 15(4):324-328.
  • Yabiku, Scott T., Jennifer E. Glick, Steven A. Haas, Elizabeth Wentz, and Li Zhu. 2009. “Migration, Health and Environment in the Desert Southwest.” Population and Environment 30(4):131-159.
  • Fosse, Nathan, & Steven A. Haas. 2009. “The Validity and Stability of Self-Reported Health among Adolescents in a Longitudinal, Nationally-Representative Survey” Pediatrics 123(3):e496-e501.
  • Glymour, M. Maria, Mauricio Avendaño, Steven A. Haas, & Lisa F. Berkman. 2008. “Life Course Social Conditions and Racial Disparities in Incidence of First Stroke” Annals of Epidemiology 18(12):904-912.
  • Timmermans, Stefan, & Steven A. Haas. 2008. “Towards a Sociology of Disease.” Sociology of Health and Illness 30(5):659-676.
  • Haas, Steven A., & Nathan Fosse. 2008. “Health and the Educational Attainment of Adolescents: Evidence from the NLSY97.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 49(2):178-192.
  • Haas, Steven A. 2008. “Trajectories of Functional Health: The ‘Long Arm’ of Childhood Health and Socioeconomic Factors.” Social Science & Medicine 66(4):849-861.
  • Haas, Steven A. 2007. “The Long-Term Effects of Poor Childhood Health: An Assessment and Application of Retrospective Reports.” Demography 44(1):113-135.
  • Haas, Steven A. 2006. “Health Selection and the Process of Social Stratification: The Effect of Childhood Health on Socioeconomic Attainment.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 47(4):339-354.
  • Swallen, Karen C., Eric Reither, Steven A. Haas, & Ann Meier.  2005.  “Obesity, Social Background, and Quality of Life among Adolescents.” Pediatrics 115(2):340-347.
  • Haas, Steven A., Lisette R. Jehn, & Patrick D. Meek.  2002. “Regional Variation in Stroke Mortality in Wisconsin, 1989-1998.” Wisconsin Medical Journal 101(3):28-31.

Research Interests by Concentration


social stratification, demography of health and aging

Health and Life Course

health & aging, health disparities, adolescent mental health

Social Inequality

labor market success, work & health, race/ethnicity
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