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Department of Sociology

Rachel T. Kimbro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Graduate Advisor
550A Sewall Hall
Office Hours: By appointment

 Director, Urban Health Program, Kinder Institute for Urban Research 
Rice Scholar, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Faculty Associate, Brown College


Department of Sociology, MS-28
Rice University
6100 S. Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892

Tel. (713)348-4265
Fax (713)348-5296
Email: rtkimbro@rice.edu

Curriculum Vitae:   Kimbro_Jan. 2014         


Spring 2014

SOCI 582 Quantitative Data Analysis I

Areas of Interest

  • Family
  • Medical Sociology
  • Demography
  • Poverty and Inequality


Rachel Tolbert Kimbro (Ph.D., 2005, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice University and the director of the Kinder Institute's Urban Health Program. Dr. Kimbro earned her M.A. in Sociology at Princeton and her B.A. in Sociology and Policy Studies at Rice. Following her doctoral work at Princeton, Dr. Kimbro was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she received interdisciplinary training in population health. Dr. Kimbro's research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities and family influences on health behaviors and outcomes. Current work examines family and neighborhood influences on child obesity, food insecurity, and physical activity in low-income and immigrant families. Her work is funded by the Foundation for Child Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living Program, Mississippi State University's Southern Rural Development Center, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy Health Economics Program, and the Faculty Initiatives Program at Rice.

Recent Publications

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Justin Denney. “Neighborhood Context and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Young Children’s Obesity: Structural Barriers to Interventions.” Forthcoming, Social Science & Medicine. 

Bratter, Jenifer and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. “Multiracial Children and Racial Differences in Child Poverty: Evidence from the ECLS-K.” Family Relations, forthcoming. 

Daphne Hernandez and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2012. “The Association Between Acculturation and Health Insurance Coverage for Immigrant Children from Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Regions of Origin.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, forthcoming. 

Barnes, Ann Smith and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2012. “A Descriptive Study of Educated African-American Women Successful at Weight-Loss Maintenance Through Lifestyle Changes.” Journal of General Internal Medicine, forthcoming. 

Richard Carpiano and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2012. “Neighborhood Social Capital, Parenting Strain, and Personal Mastery among Female Primary Caregivers of Children.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 53(2): 232-247. 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Bridget Gorman, and Ariela Schachter. 2012.  “Acculturation and Self-Rated Health among Latinos and Asian Immigrants to the United States.”  Social Problems, 59(3): 341-363. 

Schachter, Ariela, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and Bridget Gorman.  2012. “Language Proficiency and Health Status: Are Bilingual Immigrants Healthier?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 53(1): 124-145. 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Justin T. Denney, and Sarita Panchang. 2012. “Neighborhood Characteristics and Children’s Food Insecurity.” Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk. 3(1), Article 8.

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert and Ariela Schachter. 2011. “Neighborhood Poverty and Maternal Fears of Children’s Outdoor Play.” Family Relations (60): 461-475.