Research Activity

We have an active program of faculty and student research in our department.

Our faculty and students regularly publish in peer-reviewed journals and present research at international, national and regional professional societies.


Recent publications:

2016

Holway, Giuseppina Valle, Debra Umberson, and Mieke Beth Thomeer. Forthcoming. “Binge Drinking and Depression: The Influence of Romantic Partners in Young Adulthood.” Society and Mental Health.

Howard, Jeffrey T. and P. Johnelle Sparks. 2016. “Does allostatic load calculation method matter? Evaluation of different methods and individual biomarkers functioning by race/ethnicity and educational level.” American Journal of Human Biology. 28:627-635. DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22843

Howard, Jeffrey and P. Johnelle Sparks. 2016. “The Effects of Allostatic Load on Racial/Ethnic Mortality Differences in the United States.” Population Research and Policy Review 35 (4): 421-443. DOI: 10.1007/s11113-016-9382-4

Sagna, Marguerite and P. Johnelle Sparks. 2016. “Institutional Birth in Uganda: The Interplay of Individual Characteristics, Physical Accessibility, and Social Context.” Women’s Reproductive Health 3(1): 30-44. DOI 10.1080/23293691.2016.1150134

2015

Howard, J and Sparks PJ 2015 The Role of Education in Explaining Racial/Ethnic Allostatic Load Differentials in the United States. Biodemography and Social Biology. 61(1) 18-39. Link.

Sáenz, Rogelio, David G. Embrick, and Néstor Rodríguez (eds.). 2015. The International Handbook of the Demography of Race and Ethnicity. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2015. “The Demography of the Elderly in the Americas: The Case of the United States and Mexico. Pp. 197-223 in W.A. Vega, K.S. Markides, J.L. Angel, and F.M. Torres-Gil (ed.), Challenges of Latino Aging in the Americas. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Sáenz, Rogelio and Karen Manges Douglas. 2015. “A Call for the Racialization of Immigration Studies: On the Transition of Ethnic Immigrants to Racialized Immigrants.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1 (1):166-180. DOI: 10.1177/2332649214559287.

Sáenz, Rogelio, David G. Embrick, and Néstor Rodríguez. 2015. “Introduction: A Framework for Understanding the Race and Ethnic Transition. Pp. 3-20 in R. Sáenz, D.G. Embrick, and N. Rodríguez (eds.),The International Handbook of the Demography of Race and Ethnicity. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-8891-8_1.

Montes de Oca, Verónica, Telésforo Ramírez, Nadia Santillanes, San Juanita García, and Rogelio Sáenz. 2015. “Access to Medical Care and Family Arrangements among Mexican Elderly Immigrants Living in the United States.” Pp. 225-245 in W.A. Vega, K.S. Markides, J.L. Angel, and F.M. Torres-Gil (ed.), Challenges of Latino Aging in the Americas. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Noah A, Landale N and Sparks C. 2015. How Does the Context of Reception Matter? The Role of Residential Enclaves in Maternal Smoking during Pregnancy among Mexican-origin Mothers. Maternal and Child Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-015-1696-z. Link

Siebert, Rosemarie, and Joachim Singelmann. 2015. “Regional Poverty and Population Response: A Comparison of Three Regions in the United States and Germany. Comparative Population Studies 40:49-76. Link

Sparks C An examination of disparities in cancer incidence in Texas using Bayesian random coefficient models. PeerJ. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1283. Link 

2014

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2014. CCF Civil Rights Symposium: The State of Latino Children. Chicago: Council on Contemporary Children. Available at: http://www.contemporaryfamilies.org/state-of-latino-children/.

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2014. “Latinos and the Changing Face of Rural America.” Amerikastudien/American Studies. Forthcoming.

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2014. “Fifty Years of the Deferment of the Dream for Racial Justice: From Hattie Carroll to Trayvon Martin.” Pp. 119-124 in K.J. Fasching-Varner, A. Dixon, R. Reynolds, and K. Albert (eds.), Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2014. “The U.S. War on Poverty a Half Century Later.” Humanity & Society 38 (2):219-221.

Babjakova, B., A. Bandlerova, D. Brown, A. Kaleta, L. J. Kulcsar, and J. Singelmann (eds). 2014. Social and Economic Transformations Affecting Rural people and Communities in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990. Nitra: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra.

Sparks CS and Campbell J  2014 An application of Bayesian methods to small area poverty rate estimates. Accepted at Population Research and Policy Review. Volume 33, Issue 3,pp 455-477. DOI 10.1007/s11113-013-9303-8

Sparks CS 2014Measuring residential segregation using R: So long to Factfinder. Spatial Demography 2014 2(1): 72-78

Yang TC, Shoff C, Black N, Noah A and Sparks CS 2014 Racial segregation and maternal smoking during pregnancy: A multilevel analysis using the racial segregation interaction index. Social Science and Medicine 107: 26-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.01.030.

Tapia M, Sparks CS and Miller JM 2014Texas Latino prison gangs: Toward a demographic framework for understanding recent changes in social dynamics. The Prison Journal 94:159-179. DOI:10.1177/0032885514524694

2013

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2013. “Rolando Hinojosa’s Klail City: Sociological and Demographic Reflections of a Hometown.” Pp. 198-229 in S. Miller and J.P. Villalobos (eds.), Rolando Hinojosa’s “Klail City Death Trap Series”: A Retrospective, New Directions. Houston: Arte Publico Press.

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2013. “Reflections on the Sociology of Security and Surveillance in the Study of Immigration.” Sociological Forum 28 (3):624-626. [DOI: DOI: 10.1111/socf.12041.]

Sáenz, Rogelio, Karen Manges Douglas, and Maria Cristina Morales. 2013. “Latina/o Sociology.” Pp. 59-68 in D.L. Brunsma, K.E. Iyall Smith, and B.K. Gran (eds.), Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Saenz, Rogelio, Amber Fox, and San Juanita Garcia. 2013. “Latino Elderly in Nonmetro America.” Pp. 115-140 in N. Glasgow and E.H. Berry (eds.), Rural Aging in the 21st Century. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Douglas, Karen Manges and Rogelio Saenz. 2013. “The Criminalization of Immigrants and the Immigration-Industrial Complex.” Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 142 (3):199-227. [DOI: doi:10.1162/DAED_a_00228.]

Montes de Oca, Verónica, San Juanita García, and Rogelio Sáenz. 2013. “Transnational Aging: Disparities Among Aging Mexican Immigrants.” Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal 3 (1):65-81.

Montes de Oca, Verónica Zavala y Rogelio Sáenz. 2013. “Estrategias de Apoyo Transnacional Ante el Envejecimiento en México y Estados Unidos.” [“Strategies of Transnational Support in the Face of Aging in Mexico and the United States.”] Pp. 481-528 en V. Montes de Oca (Coordinadora), Envejecimiento en América Latina y el Caribe: Enfoques en Investigación y Docencia de la Red Latinoamericana de Investigación en Envejecimiento. México DF: Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

2013 Sparks PJ, Sparks CS and Campbell J Poverty segregation in nonmetro counties: A spatial exploration of segregation patterns in the US. Spatial Demography. 1:2 pp162-177. Link

2013 Sparks CS, Wood JW and Johnson PL Infant mortality and intra-household competition in the northern islands of Orkney, Scotland, 1855-2001. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 151:2 pp 1191-201 DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22264

2013 Sparks CS Spatial Analysis in R: Part 1 Getting data from the ACS into R and Exploratory Spatial

Data Analysis. Spatial Demography 1:1 pp 131-139. Link

2013 Colon-Lugo H and Sparks CS A Study of County Child Poverty Rates in Puerto Rico: Does Space Matter? Spatial Demography 1:1 pp. 96-110. Link

2013 Sparks PJ, Sparks CS and Campbell, J An application of Bayesian spatial statistical methods to the study of poverty segregation and infant mortality rates in the United States. GeoJournal. 78:2 pp. 389-405. DOI 10.1007/s10708-011-9445-3

2013 Van Malderen C, Ogali I, Khasakhala A, Muchiri SN, Sparks CS, Van Oyen H and Speybroeck N Decomposing Kenyan socio-economic inequalities in skilled birth attendance and measles immunization. International Journal for Equity in Health. Link

2012

Campbell J andSparks CSCounty-level poverty estimates for the contiguous United States, 2001, 2005. Journal of Maps 8:4 pp 334-339. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2012.751061

Hoque, N.Evaluation of small area population estimates produced by Housing Unit, Ratio-correlation, and Component Method II compared to 2000 Census counts. CANADIAN STUDIES IN POPULATION Volume: 39 Issue: 1-2 Pages: 91-108.

Hoque, N.The Implications of Change in Population Size, Distribution, and Composition on the Number of Overweight and Obese Adults and the Direct and Indirect Cost Associated with Overweight and Obese Adults in Texas Through 2040. POPULATION RESEARCH AND POLICY REVIEW Volume: 29 Issue: 2 Pages: 173-191.

Howard, K.J.,Howard, J.T. and Smyth, A. “The problem of absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace.” In R. Gatchel and I. Schultz (eds.), Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness. New York: Springer Publishing.

Howard, J.T., andPotter, L.B. An assessment of the relationships between overweight, obesity,
related chronic health conditions and worker absenteeism. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice.

Sáenz, Rogelio. 2012. “Rural Race and Ethnicity.” Pp. 207-223 in L.J. Kulcsár and K.J. Curtis (eds.), International Handbook of Rural Demography. New York: Springer.

Saenz, Rogelio and Carlos Siordia. 2012. “The Inter-Cohort Reproduction of Mexican American Dropouts.” Race and Social Problems 4 (1):68-81. [DOI: http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=arti...

Saenz, Rogelio and Trinidad Morales. 2012. “The Latino Paradox.” Pp. 47-73 in R.R Verdugo (ed.), The Demography of the Hispanic Population: Selected Essays. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Montes de Oca, Verónica, Rogelio Sáenz, and Ahtziri Molina. 2012. “Caring for the Elderly: A Binational Task.” Pp. 293-315 J.L. Angel, F. Torres-Gill, and K. Markides (eds.), Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population. New York: Springer.

Montes de Oca Zavala, Verónica, Rogelio Sáenz, Nadia Santillanes, y Consuelo Izazola-Conde. 2012. “Cuidado a la Salud en la Vejez y Recursos Familiares Transnacionales en México y Estados Unidos.” [“Healthcare to Elderly and Transnational Family Resources in Mexico and the United States’] Uaricha Revista de Psicología 9 (19):85-101.

Sparks PJ and Sparks CSSocioeconomic Position, Rural Residence, and Marginality Differences in Obesity Status in the Adult Mexican Population. International Journal of Population Research. ArticleID 757538 Link

Sparks, P. Johnelle, Corey S. Sparks, and Joey Campbell. “An application of Bayesian spatial statistical methods to the study of racial and poverty segregation and infant mortality rates in the US.” GeoJournal (Available online January 10, 2012) DOI 10.1007/s10708-011-9445-3.

Nuñez, Anne-Marie andP. Johnelle Sparks. “Who are linguistic minority students in higher education? A national perspective.” Pp. 110-129 in Y. Kanno & L. Harklau (Eds.), Linguistic Minority Students Go to College: Preparation, Access, and Persistence. New York: Routledge.

Sparks, P. Johnelle. “Rural Health Disparities.” Pp. 255-271 in Kulscar, L.J. and K. Curtis (Eds.). The International Handbook of Rural Demography. London: Springer.

2011

Montes de Oca, Verónica,Rogelio Sáenz,and Ahtziri Molina. “Caring for the Elderly: A Binational Task.” Forthcoming in J.L. Angel, K.S. Markides, and F. Torres- Gill, Health and Health Care Policy Challenges for Aging Latinos: The Mexican-Origin Population. New York: Springer.

Montes de Oca, Verónica,Rogelio Sáenz, Telesforo Ramírez, and Jennifer Guillén. “Linking Migration, Health, and Ageing in Mexico and the United States: Health in Later Life among Mexican Migrants.” Journal of Ageing and Health.

Sáenz, Rogelioand Aurelia Lorena Murga. Latino Issues: A Reference Handbook.
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Saenz, Rogelio. “The Changing Demography of Latinos in the Midwest.” Pp. 33- 55 in R.O. Martinez, Latinos in the Midwest. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Sáenz, Rogelio. “Rural Race and Ethnicity.” Forthcoming in L.J. Kulcsár and K.J. Curtis (eds.), International Handbook of Rural Demography. New York: Springer.

Saenz, Rogelio, Cecilia Menjivar, and San Juanita Edilia Garcia. “Arizona’s SB 1070: Setting Conditions for Violations of Human Rights Here and Beyond.” Pp. 155- 178 in J. Blau and M. Frezzo (eds.), Sociology and Human Rights: A Bill of Rights in the Twenty-First Century. Newbury Park, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Singelmann, Joachim, Tim Slack, and Kayla Fontenot. Forthcoming. “Race and Place: Determinants of Poverty in the Texas Borderland and the Lower Mississippi Delta.” Pp. in L. Kulcsar and K. Curtis (eds.), International Handbook of Rural Demography. New York: Springer Press.

Singelmann, Joachim. “From Central Planning to Markets: 20 Years of Post-Socialist Transformation in an Eastern German County.” Rural Sociology 76 (1).

Singelmann, Joachim, Dudley L. Poston, Jr., andRogelio Saenz. Forthcoming. “Expert Knowledge and Local Knowledge: Poverty Researchers Meet Community Leaders.” Pp.st in D. Swanson and N. Hoque (eds.), Opportunities and Challenges for Applied Demography in the 21 Century. New York: Springer Press.

Sparks CSViolent crime in San Antonio, Texas: An application of spatial epidemiological methods. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. doi:10.1016/j.sste.2011.10.001

Sparks CSParental investment and socioeconomic status influences on children's height in Honduras: An analysis of national data. American Journal of Human Biology 23(1) 80-88. Link

Sparks, P. Johnelle. “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Duration Among WIC-Eligible Families.” Women’s Health Issues, 21(5): 374-382.

Sparks, P. Johnelleand Mary Bollinger.“A Demographic Profile of Obesity in the Adult and Veteran US Populations in 2008.” Population Research and Policy Review 30(2): 211-233.

Nuñez, Anne-Marie,P. Johnelle Sparks, and Eliza A. Hernandez. Latino access to community colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. 10(1): 18-40.

Recent meeting presentations:

2014

Sparks CS and Valencia Intimate Partner Violence in Peru: An assessment of competing models. Paper presented at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Boston MA Link.

Singelmann J, Sparks CS and Martinez M Are demographic indicators the correct gauge for measuring socioeconomic impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill? Paper presented at the Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 

2013

Noah A, Schoff C, Black NC and Sparks CS How Does the Context of Reception Matter? : The Role of Residential Enclaves on Maternal Smoking during Pregnancy for Mexican-origin Mothers. Paper presented at the IUSSP Meeting, Busan, South Korea.

Romero, F, Poston D and Sparks CS The Hispanic Epidemiological and Criminological Paradoxes. Poster presented at the IUSSP Meeting, Busan, South Korea.

Schoff C, Yang TC, Black NC and Sparks CS Does Racial Segregation Aggravate or Alleviate the Association between Race/Ethnicity and Maternal Smoking during Pregnancy: A Multilevel Analysis. Poster presented at the Population Association of America Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sparks CS and Sparks PJ A Spatial Analysis of Changing Segregation Patterns in the United States between 1990 and 2010 Paper presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans 

2012

Case, JinnyUsing the language of demography to talk about college student transfer and attrition. Paper presented at the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE), New Orleans, LA.

Case, JinnyOccupation and marriage in highly educated scientists and engineers. Paper presented at the Applied Demography Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Hoque, N., Howard, J.T., Flores, M. US Population: Change in Size, Composition, and Distribution, 2000-2010. Poster presentation at 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association, Williamsburg, VA.

Hoque, N., Howard, J.T., Flores, M. US Population: Change in Size, Composition, and Distribution, 2000-2010. Oral paper presentation at 2012 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Chicago, IL.

Howard, J.T.and Howard, K.J. Barriers to healthcare utilization for individuals with chronic upper extremity joint pain: results from the national health interview survey. Poster presentation at 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society, Honolulu, HI.

Hoque, N. and Howard, J.T.The Implications of Future Demographic Change on the Incidence of Diseases/Disorders in Texas, 2000-2040. Poster presentation at 2012 Applied Demography Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Sánchez-Soto, G “Mexico-U.S. Migration and the Intergenerational Educational Mobility of Youth in Mexico.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, San Francisco, CA.

Santos Lozada, AlexisTransformation of medical-hospital services in Puerto Rico from 1993 until 2010. Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) International Symposium on Health Disparities. San Juan, PR. Photo

Sparks CSandSchmidt, SA Socio-ecological model of injury mortality in Texas using Bayesian models. Poster presented at the Southern Demographic Association meeting, Williamsburg, VA poster

Valencia L and Sparks CSFertility Control in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence among Women in Liberia. Paper presented at the Southern Demographic Association meeting, Williamsburg, VA

Campbell J andSparks CSAn application of Bayesian methods to small area poverty rate estimates. Paper presented at the Population Association of America annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2011

Sánchez-Soto, G“The Impact of Mexico-U.S. Migration in the Family and the Community on Current Work and School Status of Mexican Youth.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington, D.C.

Sparks CS and Karuppusamy SA spatial analysis of health disparities in Texas using Bayesian hierarchical models. Paper presented at the Southern Demographic Association annual meeting, Tallahassee, FL.

Sparks CSA Bayesian analysis of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic fertility rates in the United States. Paper presented at the Rural Sociological Society annual meeting, Boise, ID.

Sparks PJ, Sparks CSand Campbell J Poverty Segregation in Nonmetro Counties: A Spatial Exploration of Segregation Patterns in the U.S. Paper presented at the Population Association of America Annual meeting, Washington D.C.

Schmidt, Susanne and P. Johnelle Sparks. “Socioeconomic, Behavioral and Contextual Determinants of Non-fatal Injury Risk among Young Adults in the United States.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association, Tallahassee, Florida.

Sparks, P. Johnelle and Susanne Schmidt. “The Impact of Different Dimensions of Residential Segregation on Prematurity Status of Infants.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association, Tallahassee, Florida.

Sparks, P. Johnelle and Susanne Schmidt. "A Demographic Analysis of Metro/Nonmetro Differences in Adult Overweight and Obesity." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Boise, Idaho.

Nunez, Anne-Marie andP. Johnelle Sparks. “Understanding Postsecondary Trajectories of Linguistic Minority Students.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.