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Michael Shanahan


Sociology, University of Zurich

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