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Department of Sociology


Rachel T. Kimbro, Ph.D.

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


Associate 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:    Rachel Kimbro, Jan. 2015    

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 Associate 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

Mackenzie Brewer and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  “Neighborhoods and Immigrant Children’s Physical Activity.” Forthcoming, Social Science and Medicine.   

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Justin T. Denney. 2013. “Neighborhood Context and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Young Children’s Obesity: Structural Barriers to Interventions.” Social Science & Medicine, 95:97-105.    

Bratter, Jenifer and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2013. “Multiracial Children and Racial Differences in Child Poverty: Evidence from the ECLS-K.” Family Relations, 62(1): 175-189.   

Jennifer March Augustine and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  2013. “Family Structure and Obesity Among U.S. Children.”  Journal of Applied Research on Children, 4(1): Article 5.   

Daphne Hernandez and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2013. “The Association Between Acculturation and Health Insurance Coverage for Immigrant Children from Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Regions of Origin.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(3): 453-461.    

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. 

Frech, Adrianne and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  2011. “Maternal Mental Health, Neighborhood Characteristics, and Time Investments in Children.”  Journal of Marriage and Family (73): 605-620.    

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Sara McLanahan.  2011. “Young Children in Urban Areas:  Links Among Neighborhood Characteristics, Weight Status, Outdoor Play, and Television-Watching.” Social Science and Medicine (72): 668-676.