This year the sociology department welcomes a new faculty member, Assistant Professor Kate Choi. Professor Choi will be teaching graduate level statistics courses in the department. She received her PhD from UCLA in 2010, and most recently held a postdoctoral research associate position at Princeton University. Choi is a social demographer who studies the causes and consequences of international migration for migrants, their families, and the communities in which they live. Her research has been published in journals such as Demography, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and Social Science Quarterly.
Dr. Choi's dissertation research examined how migration influences family formation processes (i.e., marriage, assortative mating, and fertility) and how the resulting changes in family composition and size affect the educational composition of future generations in Mexico and the United States. Her current projects focus on three research areas: (1) the consequence of parent's marital sorting behavior on their offspring's wellbeing; (2) the impact of international migration on birth outcomes; and (3)the wellbeing of children born to Asian immigrant mothers ("Tigermothers").