Hannah Elizabeth Olson, MSPH is a PhD candidate in Demography at the Penn School of Arts and Sciences. She has a Master of Science in Public Health and a certificate in demographic methods from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her research interests focus broadly on the social determinants of health, with a particular interest in how the inequitable distribution of material resources and stress exposure throughout the life course produces racial and socioeconomic health inequality. Her dissertation “Race, Age, and the Reshaping of the U.S. Birth Weight Distribution” investigates how historical patterns of inequality in socioeconomic resources and obstetric practices have contributed to racial gaps in the U.S. birth weight distribution over time. She is also working on several papers with LDI Senior Fellow Courtney Boen and other colleagues on the early-life patterns of criminal legal system involvement and the collateral consequences of youth criminal legal contacts for their parents’ and siblings’ long-term physical, mental, and economic well-being. Prior to joining the Penn community, Olson served on the leadership team for a large population survey operating in 11 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She has been a Teaching Assistant for courses in social research methods and spatial statistics and is teaching an undergraduate course on sample survey methods in fall 2021.