Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Memphis
Clement Hall, Room 223
Memphis TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-2612
Fax: (901) 678-2525
Anna S. Mueller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D.
in Sociology in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mueller's primary research interests center around sociology of education, gender,
health, and work. Mueller also has methodological interests in hierarchical-linear
modeling (HLM) and social network analysis.
Mueller's research considers how schools organize social relationships and opportunities
to learn, thereby affecting the life chances of children both in terms of education
and health. Currently, Mueller is investigating how adolescents' weight and weight-control
behaviors are linked to social contexts in schools.
In addition to studying adolescent health, Mueller has conducted research on institutions
of higher education. Mueller's research on higher education examines the complex processes
that give rise to inequality in salary (among faculty) and degree attainment (among
graduate students). To accomplish these research goals, she uses a mixture of quantitative
and qualitative data from an in depth case study of a major research university. Mueller's
research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (Graduate Research Fellowship).
She has published articles in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Forces,
and the American Journal of Sociology.
Dr. Mueller will be teaching undergraduate Social Statistics this fall and will offer
a graduate seminar in the spring entitled Sociology of Education.