Assistant Professor Public Affairs and Sociology
Jayanti Owens joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2015. Broadly, her research focuses on the causes of gender, racial/ethnic, and immigrant educational and labor market inequality. Her current research addresses three puzzles: The growing, female-favoring gender gap in educational attainment in the United States; a growing disparity in parents' and teachers' perceptions of boys' and girls' childhood behavior problems across cohorts; and the uneven educational and career penalties associated with males' and females' behavior problems.
Amid the marked rise in the diagnosed prevalence of behavior problems such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children in the United States, Owens investigates social and medical explanations for this rise in diagnosed prevalence across cohorts. She also uses a counterfactual framework to examine cohort and gender differences in the effects of ADHD diagnosis and treatment on later well-being and educational and labor market outcomes. Owens' work has appeared in journals such as Sociology of Education, Social Science Research, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Sociology of Religion.