Michael Shanahan is the Director of the Jacob’s Center for Productive Youth Development. He studied sociology and child development at the University of Minnesota and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held professorships at Penn State University and UNC-Chapel Hill and was a Hewlett Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (1998/1999). His main research interests include life course sociology theory and methods, with a focus on individual differences in the life course, particularly genetic factors.
Research interests: life course sociology, molecular genetics, gene-environment interactions, effects of social experiences on child health and development