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Recent Publications

Eaton, Charlie, Kulkarni, Sheisha, Birgeneau, Robert, Brady, Henry, Hout, Mike The Organizational Ecology of College Affordability: Student Debt and Need-Based State Grant Aid for Public University Students. August 2, 2019

Eaton et. al show that low income students have struggled to repay debts across the status hierarchy of public universities but that state grant aid programs and institutional grant aid programs at higher status schools have reduced borrowing and repayment burdens.

Fons-Rosen, Pierre Azoulay and Joshua Graff-Zivin Does Science Advance One Funeral at a Time?. August 1, 2019

We examine how the premature death of eminent life scientists alters the vitality of their fields.

Denise Diaz Payán Intrapersonal and Environmental Barriers to Physical Activity Among Blacks and Latinos. April 1, 2019

This qualitative study used focus groups to understand perceived barriers and facilitators to physical activity (PA) among at-risk African American and Hispanic adolescents and adults in a low-income community.

Tanya Golash-Boza Punishment beyond the deportee: The collateral consequences of deportation. March 13, 2019

Deportations from the U.S. reached record highs after the Great Recession. The majority of these deportees have U.S. citizen family members. More than 90% of the deportees are men, and nearly all are sent to Latin America, creating gendered and raced consequences for specific communities. This article discusses these implications.

Yehuda Sharim Seeds of All Things. August 1, 2018

Amid the backdrop of a contentious presidential election, a health clinic in Southwest Houston is run by and for immigrants and refugees. A family from Iran is bound by love as they build a new home in the city’s most diverse neighborhood.

Yehuda Sharim Lessons in Seeing. September 1, 2017

When the elderly math teacher, Sibhatleab, ventures alone from a refugee camp in Ethiopia, he finds himself at the bottom rung of the social ladder in a vast, faceless Texan metropolis in the summer before a contentious election. As he still copes with his unthinkable twenty-five-year history of imprisonment and torture, he finds hope at Salem Market, a tiny store that caters to Houston’s refugee community. The film tells his story of disillusionment and resilience, questioning our understanding of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.

Denise Diaz Payán Advocacy coalitions involved in California's menu labeling policy debate: Exploring coalition structure, policy beliefs, resources, and strategies. March 1, 2017

Advocacy coalitions often play an important role in the state health policymaking process, yet little is known about their structure, composition, and behavior. We used a qualitative research approach to identify coalition members and explore their expressed beliefs and policy arguments, resources, and strategies by analyzing legislative documents and newspaper articles produced between 1999 and 2009.

Zulema Valdez and Tanya Golash-Boza U.S. racial and ethnic relations in the twenty-first century. August 16, 2016

The study of U.S. racial and ethnic relations is often reduced to the study of racial or ethnic relations. This article reveals the limitations of a focus on ethnicity or race, in isolation, and instead pushes for a new framework that brings them together.

Yehuda Sharim WE ARE IN IT. August 1, 2016

We are in it chronicles the stories and journeys of five Houston residents and their attempt to find refuge in this American metropolis. By combining tales of deportation with everyday defeats and resilience, it identifies what lies beneath the surface of migrant and refugee realities and the unsettling need to move towards political and economic security. The film documents their personal archives – poetry and paintings of Baghdad, film clips of the Burmese diaspora, songs in Swahili – and their efforts to re-envisage a home amidst experiences of trivialized war, hardship, and alienation