Jason Houle

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Sociology

  • Affiliate, Quantitative Social Science Program


301F Blunt Hall
HB 6104


  • PhD, Sociology and Demography The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
  • MA, Sociology and DemoraphyThe Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • BA, University of Maine, Sociology, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Berger, LM and Houle, JN. "Rising Household Debt and Children’s Socioemotional Well-being Trajectories." Demography Vol 56 Issue 4: 1273–1301

  • MacKenzie, Todd A., Jason Houle, Steven Jiang, Tracy Onega. "Middle-aged death and taxes in the USA: Association of state tax burden and expenditures in 2005 with survival from 2006 to 2015." PLOS ONE. Published: April 12, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0214463


  • Ruining Sun, Amy and Houle, Jason N. "Trajectories of Unsecured Debt across the Life Course and Mental Health at Midlife." Society and Mental Health. First Published December 17, 2018


  • Houle, Jason and Lonnie Berger. 2017. “Children with Disabilities and Trajectories of Parents’ Consumer Debt Across the Life Course.” Social Science Research 64:184-196.

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Speaking Engagements

"Mental Health in the Foreclosure Crisis"              April 22, 2013.      (available through the University of Wisconson School of Medicine and Public Health Library)