Collin Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His program of research is conceptually grounded in life course, critical race theory, relational inequality, and cumulative advantage/disadvantage approaches. Mueller specializes in mixed methods research design, team-based ethnographic and in-depth interviewing techniques, and quantitative methods for analyzing longitudinal survey data. He teaches courses on the sociology of aging, health and healthcare organizations, social inequality, and research methods.
Professor Mueller's current research examines relationships between broad-based racial, immigration, and health policies, organizational processes in workplaces, healthcare settings, and safety-net human service organizations, and how individuals experience and make sense of these dynamics in the midst of long-term employment, healthcare usage, and functional health trajectories. Through his research, he seeks to advance social scientific knowledge on the role of organizations in reproducing racial/ethnic stratification across the life course. This work also aims to inform primary health care delivery for disadvantaged patients and contribute to interventions at the organizational and policy levels to more effectively reduce health disparities among older adults.
Mueller received his B.A. from Rice University, M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. He also completed his postdoctoral training at Duke, first as a postdoctoral scholar in the Initiative on Qualitative, Ethnographic, and Mixed Methods in the Social Science Research Institute and then as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, funded by the National Institute on Aging and supported by Duke's Department of Population Health Sciences and Department of Sociology.