Laura Upenieks

Laura Upenieks
Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Toronto, 2019
M.A., Sociology, University of Toronto, 2014
BSc., Psychology and Sociology with High Distinction, University of Toronto, 2013


Dr. Laura Upenieks received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2019 and joined the Baylor faculty in 2020. Her research interests are in religion and health, aging and the life course, and quantitative methods. She is currently conducting research focused on integrating life course models of health and social network analysis to better understand the relationship between religion and well-being, and on how life course inequalities shape health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laura's recent research is published or forthcoming in Journal of Health and Social Behavior, British Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Research on Aging, Review of Religious Research, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Laura is an incoming editorial board member of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Recent Publications

Upenieks, Laura, and Scott Schieman. 2020. “The Belief in Divine Control and the Mental Health Effects of Stressful Life Events: A Study of Education-Based Contingencies.” Review of Religious Research

Schafer, Markus H., Laura Upenieks, and Julia DeMaria. 2020. “Do HIV+ Older Adults Have Distinctive Personal Networks? Stigma, Network Activation, and the Role of Disclosure in South Africa.” AIDS and Behavior 

Sendroiu, Ioana, and Laura Upenieks. 2020. “The Contextual Effects of Trust on Perceived Support: Evidence from Roma and Non-Roma in East-Central Europe.” British Journal of Sociology. 71(4):702-21.

UpenieksLaura and Markus H. Schafer. 2020. “Religious Attendance over the Life Course and Physical Well-Being in Later Life: Integrating Life Course Models of Health. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 61(4):486-502.

Upenieks, Laura. 2020. “The Influence of Close Ties on Depression: Does Network Religiosity Matter?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 59(3):484-508. 

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