PROGRAM for the STUDY of ETHNICITY, RACE and CULTURE


Multiple Components on Race Data Library
Race and neighborhoods: A study of Supermarkets
Racial Complexity and Health
Race, Family, and Poverty on a Complex Landscape

Multiple Components on Race Data Library

Researchers wishing to explore race as a multi-dimensional phenomenon can look to these publicly available data sets, many of which are nationally representative. Our criteria for inclusion were data that was both publicly available and included at least two measures of respondent’s race.

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Race and neighborhoods: A study of Supermarkets

In partnership with Kinder post-doctoral fellow Heather O'Connell, PSERC has explored the ways racial composition of neighborhoods is a primary determinant of the placement of supermarkets. This work draws on data collected by Lester King of the Shell Center for Sustainability.

Research Manuscripts
  • O'Connell, Heather, Lester King, and Jenifer Bratter "Community (Dis)Investment in a Diverse City: Supermarket Location, Shifting Compositions, and Emerging Racial Hierarchies" Presentation to the American Sociological Association
Abstract

Disparities are pronounced along racial/ethnic lines in the United States. Convention draws our attention to blacks and whites, but increased racial/ethnic diversity in the United States requires shifts in that focus. We contribute to conversations regarding emerging racial/ethnic hierarchies by assessing the association between racial/ethnic neighborhood composition and supermarket proximity in Houston, Texas. First, we assess the explanatory benefits of new measures of racial/ethnic composition,[JLB1] measures that acknowledge an increasingly complex racial/ethnic demography informed by contemporary diversity and historical transitions. Second, we examine the extent to which the built environment mediates racial/ethnic associations, in addition to traditional SES measures. Our results suggest a persistent link between racial/ethnic composition and proximity to supermarkets, which highlights entrenched black disadvantage coupled with malleable relative positions for Hispanic and no majority block groups. Measures of the local area partially illuminate these associations, but ultimately they reinforce our understanding of differential development within Houston.


Racial Complexity and Health

How does blurring racial lines impact the ways race organizes health? This project uses confidential data to to study racial disparities in health and health behaviors for individuals who have strong connections to multiple racial communities: those who are multiracial, who are currently interracially married (or cohabiting), or who live in multiracial neighborhoods.

Research Manuscripts
  • Living Race Together: A New Look at Interracial Unions and Racial Disparities in Smoking, Presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America
  • Campbell, Mary, Jenifer Bratter, and Jarron Saint Onge. "Interracial Contact and Health: Multiracial Adults" Presentation at the Annual Meeting of RC28

Race, Family, and Poverty on a Complex Landscape

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List of papers
  • Poverty at a Racial Crossroads: Poverty Among Multiracial Children of Single Mothers
  • Multiracial Children and Poverty: Evidence from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study of Kindergarteners