Anna S. Mueller is a sociologist and assistant professor within the Department of Comparative Human Development. Broadly speaking, Asst. Prof. Mueller’s research examines how social relationships and social contexts shape adolescent health and well-being over the transition to adulthood, with a focus on adolescent suicidality. Her research emphasizes why and how suicidal behaviors and emotional distress spread between individuals using insights from social psychology, cultural sociology, sociology of emotions and social network theories. She is also interested in how schools, as social organizations, shape social relationships and opportunities to learn, thereby affecting the life chances of children.
Currently, she has three on-going and interrelated research projects on suicide in adolescence and young adulthood with her colleague Seth Abrutyn at University of Memphis. Asst. Prof. Mueller’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and her articles on suicide have received the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award in 2015 and 2017.