Joseph Lariscy

Joseph Lariscy

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Clement Hall, Room 223
Office Hours
By Appointment


About Joseph Lariscy

Joseph Lariscy is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Memphis. He is a social demographer and health sociologist with interests in racial/ethnic health disparities, quantitative methods for population research, and the selection and assimilation processes among immigrants to the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, where he was a Graduate Trainee at the Population Research Center. Prior to joining the faculty at Memphis, he completed an NIA Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University in the Duke Population Research Institute.

Dr. Lariscy's primary research contributions examine racial/ethnic inequalities in older adult mortality risk and the early-life processes, particularly health behaviors and educational attainment, which engender or exacerbate later-life health disparities. His work draws on the social demographic perspective to examine racial/ethnic mortality disparities, with particular attention to the Hispanic paradox. A second line of his research agenda examines health risk behaviors, particularly tobacco use, among immigrants compared with the US-born population in adolescence and young adulthood. His research has been published in Demography, Population Research and Policy Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, and Journal of Aging and Health.


Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 2013


  • Lariscy, Joseph T. (Forthcoming). Demographic Methods. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, Second Edition. William C. Cockerham, Jonathan Gabe, Stella Quah and J. Michael Ryan (eds.). Wiley.
  • Brown, Dustin C., Joseph T. Lariscy, and Benjamin H. Walker. (2023). State-Level Trends in Lifespan Variability in the United States, 1960–2019: A Research Note. Demography 60(1): 1-14.
  • Vogelsang, Eric M. and Joseph T. Lariscy. (2020). Let’s Drink to Being Socially Active: Family Characteristics, Social Participation, and Alcohol Abuse across Mid- and Later-Life. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 61(4): 453–469.
  • Fatema, Kaniz and Joseph T. Lariscy. (2020). Mass Media Exposure and Maternal Healthcare Utilization in South Asia. Social Science & Medicine–Population Health 11: 100614.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T., Robert A. Hummer, and Richard G. Rogers. (2020). Lung Cancer Mortality among Never-Smokers in the United States: Estimating Smoking-Attributable Mortality with Nationally Representative Data. Annals of Epidemiology 45: 5–11.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T., Samia Tasmim, and Sarah Collins. (2020). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health. In Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Danan Gu and Matthew E. Dupre (eds.). Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
  • Brown, Dustin C., Joseph T. Lariscy, and Lucie Kalousová. (2019). Comparability of Mortality Estimates from Social Surveys and Vital Statistics Data in the United States. Population Research and Policy Review 38(3): 371–401.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T. (2019). Smoking-Attributable Mortality by Cause of Death in the United States: An Indirect Approach. Social Science & Medicine–Population Health 7: 100349.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T., Robert A. Hummer, and Richard G. Rogers. (2018). Cigarette Smoking and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Adult Mortality in the United States. Demography 55(5): 1855–1885.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T. (2017). Black-White Disparities in Adult Mortality: Implications of Differential Record Linkage for Understanding the Mortality Crossover. Population Research and Policy Review 36(1):137-156.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T., Claudia Nau, Glenn Firebaugh, and Robert A. Hummer. (2016). Hispanic-White Differences in Lifespan Variability in the United States. Demography 53(1):215-239.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T., Robert A. Hummer, and Mark D. Hayward. (2015). Hispanic Older Adult Mortality in the United States: New Estimates and an Assessment of Factors Shaping the Hispanic Paradox. Demography 52(1):1-14.
  • Gorman, Bridget K., Joseph T. Lariscy, and Charisma Kaushik. (2014). Gender, Acculturation,and Smoking Behaviors among U.S. Asian and Latino Immigrants. Social Science and Medicine 106:110-118.
  • Lariscy, JosephT., Robert A. Hummer, Jessica M. Rath, Andrea C. Villanti, Mark D. Hayward,and Donna M. Vallone. (2013). Race/Ethnicity, Nativity, and Tobacco Use among U.S. Young Adults: Results from a Nationally-Representative Survey. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 15(8): 1417-1426.
  • Wade, Becky, Joseph T. Lariscy, and Robert A. Hummer. (2013). Racial/Ethnic and Nativity Patterns of U.S. Adolescent and Young Adult Smoking. Population Research and Policy Review 32(3):353-371.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T. (2011). Differential Record Linkage by Hispanic Ethnicity and Age in Linked Mortality Studies: Implications for the Epidemiologic Paradox. Journal of Aging and Health 23(8):1263-1284.
  • Hummer, Robert A. and Joseph T. Lariscy. (2011). Educational Attainment and Adult Mortality. Chapter 12 (p. 241-262) in International Handbook of Adult Mortality. Richard G. Rogers and Eileen M. Crimmins (eds). New York: Springer.