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Marc Musick Named Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts

Fri, Nov 17, 2006

Appointment begins on January 1, 2007


Center for Women's and Gender Studies Celebrates Book Publications

Several PRC Faculty Recognized

Wed, Nov 1, 2006

On Friday, Nov. 6, the CWGS will host a presentation and party for the books that CWGS faculty affiliates have published this fall. PRC faculty associates Gretchen Ritter, Laura Lein, and Robert Crosnoe are featured.


Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis

Wed, Nov 1, 2006

Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis examines the implications of the fragmented and two-tiered health insurance system in the United States for the health care access of low-income families. For a large fraction of Americans their jobs do not provide health insurance or other benefits and although government programs are available for children, adults without private health care coverage have few options. Detailed ethnographic and survey data from selected low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio document the lapses in medical coverage that poor families experience and reveal the extent of untreated medical conditions, delayed treatment, medical indebtedness, and irregular health care that women and children suffer as a result. Extensive poverty, the increasing proportion of minority households, and the growing dependence on insecure service sector work all influence access to health care for families at the economic margin.


Faria Fellows and PRC Trainees Meet with Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Tue, Sep 19, 2006

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil from 1995 to 2003 and a renowned sociologist, visited The University of Texas September 13-14.


PRC Brown Bag Kick Off Rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 8

Wed, Aug 30, 2006

Join us for pizza and drinks next Friday. Matthew McGlone's talk will be rescheduled for January 2007.


PRC Grads Win Best Student Paper at 2006 ASA

Fri, Aug 18, 2006

Former PRC graduate students Jinyoung Kim (PhD, 2006) and Emily Durden (PhD, 2006), received the best graduate student paper award from the American Sociological Association's Aging and Life-course section. Their winning paper, "Socioeconomic Status and Age Trajectories of Health," is currently under review at Demography.


Mexican Roots, American Schools: Helping Mexican Immigrant Children Succeed

Available October 2006

Fri, Aug 18, 2006

The children of Mexican immigrant families are the fastest growing population in American schools today. Education can be the key to a better quality of life, especially for a population that faces breathtakingly high poverty rates and few other opportunities for social mobility. But these children are too frequently considered at risk academically. What more can be done to help them succeed?


Does the Body Forget? Women's cumulative onset of cardiovascular disease by age and marital history

Divorced and remarried women have similar risks of cardiovascular disease. Remarriage does not compensate the negative consequences of having been divorced.

Fri, Aug 18, 2006

Drawing on 5 waves of the Health and Retirement Study, Zhenmei Zhang and Mark D. Hayward examine the influence of the marital life course on the prevalence and incidence of cardiovascular disease among 9,434 middle-aged individuals.


Rob Crosnoe's study featured on UT home page

Wed, Aug 9, 2006

Dr. Robert Crosnoe has found that the experience of feeling left out or not measuring up because of generally stigmatized traits can have long-term educational consequences. When considering academic success, he says, you have to look beyond the strictly academic.


The Constitution as Social Design: Gender and Civic Membership in the American Constitutional Order

Wed, Aug 9, 2006

This book focuses on gender and civic membership in American constitutional politics from the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment through Second Wave Feminism. It examines how American civic membership is gendered, and how the terms of civic membership available to men and women shape their political identities, aspirations, and behavior. The book also explores the dynamics of American constitutional development through a focus on civic membership-a legal and political construct at the heart of the constitutional order.


Ernesto Amaral Receives Two-Year Dissertation Fellowship

Fri, May 26, 2006

PhD candidate Ernesto Amaral received the 2006 "Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development," supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Population Reference Bureau. Ernesto's dissertation project is "Demographic Transition and Economic Development at the Local Level in Brazil." Ernesto's advisor is Joseph E. Potter.


New Acquisitions: March-June 2005

Mon, May 1, 2006

New Acquisitions Report by Author/Ed: 03/03/2005 - 06/30/2005


The Well-being of US-Born Children of Mexican Immigrants in Unmarried Families

by Yolanda C. Padilla, Melissa Dalton Radey, Eunjeong Kim, and Robert A. Hummer

Mon, May 1, 2006

Recent research findings have brought attention to the hardship faced by children of immigrants in the United States. Family structure may also be a major factor affecting the well-being of immigrant children, but one that has not received much attention, mainly as a result of the relatively higher marriage rates found among immigrants.


Ethnic Identification, Intermarriage, and Unmeasured Progress by Mexican Americans

by Brian Duncan and Stephen J. Trejo

Mon, May 1, 2006

Intermarriage is widespread among U.S.-born Mexican Americans. Data from the 2000 Census show that almost half (48 percent) of Mexican-American marriages involve a non-Mexican spouse. Moreover, these same Census data reveal that intermarriage is a fundamental determinant of whether the children of Mexican Americans retain their ethnic identification.


One Size Does Not Fit All: Socioeconomic Status in Health Research

by Paula A. Braveman, Catherine Cubbin, Susan Egerter, Sekai Chideya, Kristen S. Marchi, Marilyn Metzler, Samuel Posner, JAMA, 2005

Mon, May 1, 2006

Problems with measuring socioeconomic status/position (SES) could affect research findings and conclusions, particularly those on racial/ethnic disparities. The authors critically examine standard SES measurement approaches, illustrating problems with examples from new analyses and the literature.


La Frontera and Beyond: Geography and Demography in Mexican American History

Mon, May 1, 2006

The recent publication of an expansive national dataset, the IPUMS, allows for new analyses of the historical geography and settlement of various immigrant and ethnic groups in the U.S.


Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in Practice

Edited by Christopher S. Thompson and John W. Traphagan

Mon, May 1, 2006

This groundbreaking collection examines the regional dynamics of state societies, looking at how people use the concepts of urban and rural, traditional and modern, and industrial and agricultural to define their existence and the experience of living in contemporary Japanese society. The book focuses on the Tohoku (Northeast) region, which many Japanese consider rural, agrarian, undeveloped economically, and the epitome of the traditional way of life.


Chiquita Collins' Research Featured on UT Home Page

PRC faculty member explores impact of media messages on health behaviors

Tue, Apr 25, 2006

To explore the impact of media messages on health behaviors, Chiquita Collins, together with Jerome Williams, the F.J. Heyne Centennial Professor in Communication in the Department of Advertising, are examining and mapping the billboards and outdoor advertising in Austin and Travis County.


Heeju Shin Awarded CLASPO Summer Funds

Sociology graduate student and PRC Trainee receives money to do research in Mexico

Sat, Apr 1, 2006

UT's Center for Latin American Social Policy awarded funds to Heeju's project, "Working and Living Arrangement of Single Mother Households and Social Support in Mexico City."


Belinda Needham Awarded RWJ Postdoctoral Position

Belinda Needham chosen to be a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar.

Wed, Mar 1, 2006

The program is designed to build the nation's capacity for research, leadership, and action to address the broad range of factors that affect health.


PRC PhD Finds Success as Epidemiologist

Wed, Feb 1, 2006

Maureen Reindl Benjamins (Ph.D. Sociology, specialization Demography, 2004) is working as an epidemologist at Sinai Urban Health Institute in Chicago, Illinois. She is project director for the Jewish Community Health Survey, a representative survey of the two most concentrated Jewish communities in Chicago.