Dr. Lindsay R. Wilkinson, assistant professor of sociology, was born and raised in northern Illinois. She joined Baylor University in 2014, after graduating with a dual-title PhD in sociology and gerontology from Purdue University. Dr. Wilkinson enjoys spending time with family and friends; traveling with her husband, Andy; and playing with her two dogs, Pax and Lexi.
Dr. Wilkinson began her scholarly journey at Loras College, a Catholic, liberal arts college in Dubuque, Iowa, where she double majored in sociology and psychology. Double majoring in sociology and psychology as an undergraduate allowed her to contrast the two disciplines and realize that she is a sociologist at heart. While studying at Loras College, Dr. Wilkinson volunteered at an after-school program for at-risk children, along with interning at a substance abuse services center. Together, these experiences provided Dr. Wilkinson insight into disadvantage across the life course. Dr. Wilkinson was soon committed to further exploring the probable causes and consequences of inequality, where she aimed to critically and creatively approach issues of inequality in a manner that would yield positive results. Dr. Wilkinson graduated maxima cum laude from Loras College and was named to the Provost’s Top 20.
After graduating from Loras College in 2008, Dr. Wilkinson pursued her graduate studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Although her primary interests involved social stratification, she quickly learned that health is a striking axis of inequality in all societies. Despite never having taken a course in medical sociology or gerontology, she quickly immersed herself in the study of health and aging. Combining the study of health and aging allowed Dr. Wilkinson to focus on the life course dynamics of how stratification influences health—and how health influences stratification. During her graduate studies, Dr. Wilkinson received a coveted fellowship from the National Institute on Aging. Her research examined the accumulation of inequality over the life course, with a particular emphasis on women’s health.
Dr. Wilkinson graduated with a dual-title PhD in sociology and gerontology from Purdue University in 2014, and immediately after joined the Department of Sociology at Baylor University. She was excited to contribute to the department’s growing emphasis on health and society. Since arriving at Baylor University, Dr. Wilkinson has been awarded the Senior Service America Junior Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older Adults from the Gerontological Society of America and was named one of Baylor’s Rising Stars by the Vice Provost for Research.
Her current research involves investigating the dynamic relationship between health problems and poverty risk over the life course, including the intergenerational transmission of inequality, and a clinical study focused on caregiving among chronic disease patients. She also has several projects examining financial strain and physical and mental health among older adults during the Great Recession. Dr. Wilkinson’s research has been funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program.
In addition to research, Dr. Wilkinson enjoys teaching and mentoring students. She regularly teaches courses in research methods, health, and aging.