Javier Rodríguez’s research incorporates theoretical and methodological principles from economics, demography, psychology, and public health to study the political causes and consequences of socioeconomic and racial disparities in health.
He investigates how political actors and institutions, such as presidents and political parties, influence health outcomes at the aggregate and individual levels, and how these health outcomes in turn determine political processes such as policy-making and electoral outcomes.
An important component of his research is the assessment of the political consequences of socioeconomic-driven premature mortality, and the disentangling of the underlying causal mechanisms through which the early disappearance of the poor masks the true detrimental effects of social stratification and political inequality.
Rodríguez received master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from UCLA, and a master’s in political science from Arizona State University in Tempe. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
“Health disparities, politics, and the maintenance of the status quo: A new theory of inequality.” Social Science & Medicine 200, (2018): 36-43.
Co-authored with David Cottrell, Michael C. Herron, and Daniel A. Smith. “Mortality, Incarceration, and African American Disenfranchisement in the Contemporary United States.” 2018.
Co-authored with Jose Granados. “Health, Economic Crisis, and Austerity: A Comparison of Greece, Finland and Iceland.” Health Policy 119, no. 7 (2015): 941-953. DOI.
Co-authored with John Bound, Arline T. Geronimus, and Tim Waidmann. “Measuring Recent Apparent Declines In Longevity: The Role Of Increasing Educational Attainment.” Health Affairs 34, no. 12 (2015): 2167-2173. DOI.
Co-authored with Arline T. Geronimus, John Bound, and Danny Dorling. “Black Lives Matter: Differential Mortality and the Racial Composition of the U.S. Electorate, 1970–2004.” Social Science and Medicine 136-137 (2015): 190-192. DOI.
Co-authored with John Bound and Arline T. Geronimus. “Rejoinder: Time Series Analysis and US Infant Mortality: De-trending the Empirical from the Polemical in Political Epidemiology.” International Journal of Epidemiology 43, no. 3 (2014): 831-834. DOI.
Co-authored with John Bound and Arline T. Geronimus. “US Infant Mortality and the President’s Party.” International Journal of Epidemiology 43, no. 3 (2014): 818-26. DOI.
Co-authored with Adrian Pantoja and Rafael Jimeno. “The Political Consequences of Latino Immigrant Transnational Ties.” In Immigration and The Border: Politics and Policy in the New Century edited by David L. Leal and Jose E. Limon. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.