Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1998
Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Office: Davison Hall, 039
Office Phone: 848-932-1824
Julie Phillips is a social demographer and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of various forms of social inequality in the United States, such as mortality from lethal violence, marital disruption, and migration. She teaches population studies, research methods and criminology at the undergraduate level and offers classes in demography and health and quantitative methods at the graduate level.
Dr. Phillips' current research agenda extends prior work on homicide to examine another form of lethal violence, namely suicide. With funding from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), she has explored how and why patterns of U.S. suicide rates vary across place, time, and demographic groups, with particular attention to the role of rising antidepressant drug usage rates among other demographic, socioeconomic, and behavioral factors. A related project, also funded by AFSP, investigates varying patterns of suicide risk across the life course, time period, and birth cohort, with an emphasis on understanding the rising rates of suicide among middle-aged Baby Boomers. Other work in this area include studies of the role of immigration in affecting rates of lethal violence (with Lauren Krivo) and of circumstances and method of suicide using data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (with Katherine Hempstead).
Prior research has focused on violent crime, namely homicide. With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Phillips examined reasons for temporal and spatial variation in U.S. homicide rates. Her other research on crime investigated the reasons for racial and ethnic differences in levels of violence in the United States. Other work (with Dr. Megan Sweeney, UCLA) explored reasons for racial and ethnic differences in levels of divorce in the United States and possible explanations for race and gender differences in various mental health problems (with Dr. Sarah Rosenfield).