Sociology Faculty Directory

Alyssa Goldman

Assistant Professor


Alyssa Goldman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in 2020 from the Department of Sociology at Cornell University. Her research examines the intersection of social relationships and social inequality, health and well-being, and the life course. Part of this work considers how criminal justice system contact shapes health and social resources within families. In ongoing research, she asks how the dynamics of social network ties structure trajectories of well-being in later life, including the role of the social environment in shaping these patterns.

Recent Publications

Cagney, Kathleen A., Erin York Cornwell, Alyssa W. Goldman, and Liang Cai. 2020. “Urban Mobility and Activity Space." Annual Review of Sociology, 46(1): 9.1-9.26.

York Cornwell, Erin and Alyssa W. Goldman. “Local Ties in the Social Networks of Older Adults." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gbaa033,

Cornwell, Benjamin, Alyssa W. Goldman, and Edward O. Laumann. “Homeostasis Revisited: Patterns of Stability and Rebalancing in Older Adults' Social Lives." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gbaa026,

Goldman, Alyssa W. 2019. “Linked Lives in Double Jeopardy: Child Incarceration and Maternal Health at Midlife." Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 60(4), 398-415.