College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Dr. Wagner studies how health is both a cause and consequence of family experiences across the life course. In addition to incorporating emerging complexity in family forms, his work employs both causal analytical methods (e.g., instrumental variables, twin study design, and natural experiments) and biomarkers as measures of latent health status. Dr. Wagner received his PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining Texas Tech University, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University's Office of Population Research.
Recent Scholarship: McFarland, Michael J., Brandon Wagner, and Scarlett Merklin. 2016. Does Knowledge Really Create Power? Education and Sense of Control using a Natural Experiment. Socius