I am Ian Duncan, a sociology doctoral student. My main research areas are in health and inequality, with a focus on quantitative methods. I am primarily interested in how unequal access to resources results in disparate health outcomes, particularly with concern to the socioeconomics of food and diet. I received my bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2011 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a focus on organizational sociology and a minor in marketing. I completed the coursework for my master’s degree in sociology from Nebraska-Omaha in the spring of 2014 and am currently finishing my thesis while enrolled at UNL. My thesis examines how social class, specifically income, education, and work schedule, affects the value that consumers place on the price, healthfulness, convenience, and taste of the foods they buy. The findings include that low-income consumers are particularly price-sensitive and that the importance of eating tasty food does not vary by social class. Additionally, the study suggests that the negative health consequences tied to having an irregular work schedule are not mediated by differences in diet.
I have experience as a teaching assistant for several courses, including introductory-level anthropology and sociological theory. I also was tasked with developing the curriculum for one-credit lab courses tied to the sociology department’s basis statistics course at Nebraska-Omaha. Currently, I work as a research assistant to Dr. Kirk Dombrowski on a variety of projects, most of which focus on social network analysis.
M.A.: University of Nebraska-Omaha