Department of Sociology

W. Parker Frisbie

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor Emeritus
W. Parker Frisbie



Dr. Frisbie's numerous publications -- articles, chapters, and books -- reflect his interests in the demography of racial and ethnic groups, and urban ecology.

He has served as President of the Southern Demographic Association, as a Director of the Southwestern Sociological Association, and is a former chair of the Department of Sociology and former Director of the Population Research Center.

Professor Frisbie has completed four research projects on cause mortality in the Mexican Origin population (Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants) and is in the midst of a fifth project which focuses on pregnancy outcomes among Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans, as compared to non-Latino whites and blacks.

He has also worked on several projects on urbanization in Saudi Arabia. His current research includes the study of birth outcomes and infant mortality within and between race/ethnic groups in large data sets in order to estimate the relationship of social, economic, cultural, and physiological factors to the risk of adverse birth outcomes and infant mortality.

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