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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Neveen Shafeek Amin

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

PhD Candidate; PRC Graduate Student Trainee
Neveen Shafeek Amin



Neveen Shafeek Amin is a PhD candidate in Sociology and graduate trainee at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Neveen holds a Master's degree in Sociology and a Portfolio is Applied Statistical Modeling from UT-Austin and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation. She specializes in studying physical health, migration, religion and health, family, and education. Some of her research examines the association between religiosity among immigrant and various educational outcomes. Additionally, she is interested in examining the influence of ethnic communities on the assimilation process of immigrants in the United States. She is primarily interested in examining the association between acculturation and physical health among immigrants in the United States, particularly Middle Eastern immigrants. Neveen is a former graduate fellow of the Division of Statistics & Scientific Computation and a former Ford fellow.


Health Disparities, Migration, Religion and Health, Family, Education, and Quantitative Research Methods

SOC 307P • Intro Soc Of Health/Well-Being

44895 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 1.106
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Course Description

This course is designed to provide a broad multidisciplinary overview that introduces students to central topics in the sociology of health and well-being. We will critically examine how social, cultural, political, and economic forces shape our understanding and experience of health and illness. We will discuss several contemporary topics such as eating disorders, the effects of inequality, health care reform, and the internet on health, and how race, class, and gender affect health outcomes.

 Required Readings

Conrad, Peter, and Valerie Leiter. 2013.  The Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives (9th Ed.) Worth Publishers.

Additional readings will be available on canvas.

Grading Policy

Attendance 10%

Quizzes 15%

Three exams 25% each

A 93–100%

A- 90–92.9%

B+ 87–89.9%

B 83–86.9%

B- 80–82.9%

C+ 77–79.9%

C 73–76.9%

C- 70–72.9%

D+ 67–69.9%

D 63–66.9%

D- 60–62.9%

F 0–59


SOC F302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

87810 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am CLA 0.102
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This course offers an introduction to the theories, methodologies, vocabulary, and themes of the discipline of sociology. The main course objective is to learn how to “think sociologically” about our lives and the world around us by answering these two questions: how are our individual choices shaped by society and how do our choices shape society? The sociological imagination will be one of our primary tools as we embark on this exploration. Much of the data that we look at will focus on the U.S., but given our increasingly interconnected world, others societies will be studied as well. 


SOC 308 • Immigrant Experiences In Us

46291 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ B0.306
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Course Description

Since the amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the United States has experienced a significant increase in the number of immigrants and a remarkable change in their composition. The post-1965 influx of immigrants from countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, the former USSR, the Middle East and Asia has sharply increased. According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the foreign-born population in the U.S. reached almost 40 million in 2010, an increase of 9 million people since 2000.

This course is designed to provide students with a sociological overview of immigration to the United States. This course will focus on the immigrant experience upon arriving to the US and the conflict that immigrants faced and continue to face between preserving their own culture and assimilating into the American mainstream culture. We will discuss why immigrants migrate from their home countries? How do immigrants integrate into the mainstream society? How do sociologists evaluate and theorize immigrant integration?

Additionally, this course will give special focus on addressing several topics such as health disparities among immigrants in the US, the role that immigrant families play in their children’s academic and social life, the role of ethnic communities (i.e. religious institutions) in facilitating/hindering the assimilation process of their members, and the intersection between religion and health among immigrants.

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