Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology


Jason L. Cummings, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Medical Sociology; Health Disparities; Quality of Life; Gender, Race/Ethnicity; Racism; Whiteness; Social Stratification and Inequality; Critical Race Theory; Intersectionality; Quantitative Methods; Afro-Centric Research Methods

Office #:  Coffey 443

Phone: 773.508.3439


CV Link: Cummings CV (Jan 2023)


Dr. Cummings obtained his PhD from Indiana University. As a trained medical sociologist, his work investigates the socio-historical and present-day consequences of racism, racial (white) privilege, racial stratification, and their manifold contribution to racial and ethnic differentials in health/well-being. His work is undergirded by two theoretical perspectives (e.g. intersectionality and Critical Race Theory) and span multiple areas, including interrogating: (1) how racial and gender differentials in health/well-being in the U.S. have changed since the 1970s and the social, political, and economic origins of these changes in prior decades and during the post-recession/Obama era; (2) whether racial “misclassification” or socially assigned race (i.e. being perceived as White by others) influences (benefits) the socioeconomic and health status of persons of color; and (3) the role of racism/discrimination in Kidney transplant disparities. Dr. Cummings' work has been published in several journals and book chapters including Research on Aging, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Quality of Life Research, International Journal for Equity in Health, and Journal of Happiness Studies.


PhD, Sociology
Indiana University, 2013 

MA, Sociology
Indiana University, 2004 

BA, Sociology/English
Fairfield University, 2002

Professional & Community Affiliations

American Sociological Association

Southern Sociological Society

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology

Sociology of Health Care 

Race and Ethnic Relations  

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (Graduate) 


Dr. Cummings' research on the health profiles of the Black Middle Class referenced in a Brookings Institution Article: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/how-we-rise/2021/05/04/is-the-united-states-a-racist-country/

Dr. Cummings quoted in L'Espresso, a prominent French newspaper in an article on the COVID Pandemic, Racial Injustice and the November 2020 Presidential Election. https://espresso.repubblica.it/plus/articoli/2020/10/01/news/elezioni-usa-south-carolina-1.353768/

Dr. Cummings quoted in the Post and Courier in an article titled: "Long-term inequities put SC minorities at higher risk for coronavirus exposure and death." https://www.postandcourier.com/health/covid19/long-term-inequities-put-sc-minorities-at-higher-risk-for-coronavirus-exposure-and-death/article_9d557788-799d-11ea-a89e-a7d97f6247a1.html

Dr. Cummings quoted in The State in an article titled: "Out-of-the-way places struggle with coronavirus in SC" focusing on racial disparities in health in the rural south. https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article241832581.html

Selected Publications

White, Kellee, Jourdyn Lawrence,* Nedelina Tchangalova, Shuo J. Huang, and Jason L. Cummings. 2020. “Socially-Assigned Race and Health: A Scoping Review with Global Implications for Population Health Equity.” International Journal for Equity in Health. 19: 1-14. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12939-020-1137-5 Impact Factor (2.511)

Cummings, Jason L. 2020. “Assessing U.S. Racial and Gender Differences in Happiness, 1972- 2016: An Intersectional Approach” Journal of Happiness Studies: 21: 709-732. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-019-00103-z Impact Factor (2.511)

White, Kellee, Jourdyn Lawrence,* Jason L. Cummings and Calley Fisk.* 2019. “Emotional and Physical Reactions to Perceived Discrimination, Language Preference and Health-Related Quality of Life among Latinos and Whites.” Quality of Life Research. 28: 2799- 2811. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-019-02222-9 Impact Factor (2.488)

Lawrence, Jourdyn A.*, Kellee White, Jason L. Cummings, James W. Hardin, Myriam E. Torres. 2019. “Socially Assigned Race and Diabetes: Findings from the Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013-2014.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 6:926- 934. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-019-00593-w Impact Factor (2.147)

Cummings, Jason L. 2017.  “Race and Physical Health.” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer. London: Wiley-Blackwell 


Cummings, Jason L. 2017. “Race and Mental Health.” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer. London: Wiley-Blackwell