Jenifer Bratter

Areas of Interest: 
Race, demography, marriage, and family


Jenifer L. Bratter (PhD 2001, University of Texas at Austin) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Her research explores the implications of race and racial mixing (i.e. interracial families, multiracial identity) in the areas of family, identity, and social inequality.  Current projects focus on indicators of social well-being such as poverty, residential segregation, and health and the new ways that race is linked to these phenomena. She had been awarded the 2009 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for Career Enhancement to study patterns of residential segregation for mixed-race families. Dr. Bratter has recently published works appearing in Demography, Social Forces, Family Relations, Population Research and Policy Review, and several upcoming book chapters.

Recent Publications

 Emerson, Michael O., Jenifer Bratter, and Sergio Chavez. (Expected 2015.) The (Un)Making of Race and Ethnicity: A Reader. New York: Oxford University Press.   

Schilt, Kristen and Jenifer Bratter. Conditionally Accepted “From Multiracial to Multigender?  Assessing Attitudes toward a Transgender Category on the Census”. Transgender Studies Quarterly   

Bratter Jenifer and Sarah Damaske, 2013. “Poverty at a Racial Crossroads: Poverty among Multiracial Children in Single Mother Families”. Journal of Marriage and Family 75(2): 486-502 

Bratter Jenifer and Sarah Damaske, forthcoming “Poverty at a Racial Crossroads: Poverty Among Multiracial Children in Single Mother Families” Journal of Marriage and Family 

Bratter, Jenifer and Rachel Kimbro. Accepted  “Multiracial Children and Poverty: Evidence from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study of Kindergarteners” Family Relations

Multiracial Children and Poverty: Evidence from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study of Kindergarteners”

Bratter, Jenifer and Bridget Gorman.  Forthcoming. Is Discrimination an Equal Opportunity Risk? Racial Experiences, Socioeconomic Status and Health Status among Black and White Adults..” Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Bratter, Jenifer and Bridget K. Gorman.  2011“Does Multiracial Matter? A Study of Racial Disparities in Self-Rated Health.” Demography 48(1): 127-152.

Bratter, Jenifer and Holly Heard. 2009. “Mother’s, Father’s, Both: Parental Gender and Racial Classification of Multiracial Adolescents”. Sociological Forum 24 (3): 658-688.

Bratter, Jenifer and Rosalind King. 2008. “But Will It Last?”: Duration of Interracial Unions Compared to Similar Race Relationships”. Family Relations 57:160-171.

Bratter, Jenifer 2007. “Will ‘Multiracial’ Survive to the Next Generation?: The Racial Classification of Children of Multiracial Parents”. Social Forces 86(2) : 821 – 849.  Reprinted in: Racism in Post-Race America:  New Theories, New Direction (pp 79-94), edited by Charles Gallagher, Social Forces Publishing 2008.

King, Rosalind and Jenifer Bratter. 2007. “A Path to Interracial Mate Selection: Choosing First Partners and Husbands across Racial Lines”. The Sociological Quarterly 48(2) 343-369.

Solis, Patricio, Thomas Pullum, and Jenifer Bratter 2007. “Homogamy in Monterrey, Mexico: Changes and Continuity”. Population Research and Policy Review 26: 279-298.

Bratter, Jenifer and Karl Eschbach, 2006. "What about the Couple? Interracial Marriage and Psychological Distress". Social Science Research 35(4): 1025-1047

Bratter, Jenifer and Karl Eschbach, 2005. "Race/Ethnic differences in Non-Specific Psychological Distress: Evidence from the National Health Interview Survey". Social Science Quarterly 86:620-644.

Jenifer Bratter
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

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