Jennifer Ailshire

Jennifer Ailshire Headshot
Co-Investigator, Health and Retirement Study

Contact Information

Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
3715 McClintock Avenue, Room 218B
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Phone: 213.740.7245


Ph.D., Sociology (Demography), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009
B.A., Sociology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2003

Research and Projects

Dr. Ailshire’s research has demonstrated the importance of physical and social environments, and their interactions, in determining health and wellbeing across the adult life course, and particularly for older adults. Her current projects focus on the role of air pollution in cognitive decline and dementia and epigenetic aging.

Selected Recent Publications

Walsemann KM, Hair NL, Farina MP, Tyagi P, Jackson H, Ailshire JA. State-level desegregation in the U.S. South and mid-life cognitive function among Black and White adults. Social Science & Medicine (1983). Forthcoming;338:116319. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.116319.
Mawhorter SL, Wilkie RZ, Ailshire JA. Inequality in housing transitions during cognitive decline. PLoS One. 2023;18(4):e0282329. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0282329.
Choi EYoung, Zelinski EM, Ailshire JA. Neighborhood Social Environment and Self-Perceptions of Aging. Innov Aging. 2023;7(4):igad038. doi:10.1093/geroni/igad038.
Andrasfay T, Kim JK, Ailshire JA, Crimmins E. Aging on the job? The association between occupational characteristics and accelerated biological aging. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B. 2023;78(7):1236-1245. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbad055.