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Kate Choi

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Kate H. Choi, Associate Professor

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles
M.A, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Economics, Duke University pdf Full CV

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Kate H. Choi is a family demographer, inequality scholar, and quantitative sociologist. Her research examines the nature, determinants, and consequences of social inequality. Her work focuses on three substantive topics: (1) determinants of partner selection and implications for inequality in future generations, (2) inequality by race and socioeconomic status, and (3) immigration experiences and their implications for socioeconomic integration in the destination country. Her work has been published in several prestigious journals, including Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, International Migration Review, and Social Science and Medicine. She currently holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project investigating the impact of neighborhood context on physical wellbeing. 

In the News

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CBC News London - June 17, 2020
Newspaper Interview. "Visible minorities make up 27% of London's COVID-19 cases".

CBC News London - June 17, 2020.
Radio Interview. "Race and minorities are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19".

CBC News Network with Natasha Fatah - June 11, 2020
TV Interview. "Demographic Data and Covid-19".

CBC News - June 11, 2020
Newspaper Interview. "Montreal's poorest and most racially diverse neighbourhoods hit hardest by COVID-19, data analysis shows".

CBC News - June 4, 2020
TV, Radio, and Newspaper Interview. "2,000 COVID-19 cases missing from Toronto's map of hot spots".

The Conversation - May 20, 2020
Contributor. "Data linking race and health predicts new COVID-19 hotspots: Black and immigrant communities bear the brunt of COVID-19 in Canada". This article was also reprinted in French and a dozen newspapers, including the London Free Press

Publications (Past 2 years)

Choi, Kate H. and Rachel Goldberg. Forthcoming. "The Social Significance of Interracial Cohabitation: Inferences Based on Fertility Behavior”. Demography.

Denice, Patrick, Kate H. Choi, Michael Haan, Anna Zajacova. Forthcoming. "Visualizing the Geographic and Demographic Distribution of COVID-19". Socius.

Choi, Kate H. 2020. "Racial Diversity in the Marital Assimilation of Hispanics". Journal of Marriage and Family 82(2): 675-690.

Martinson, Melissa and K.H. Choi. 2019. "Low birth weight and childhood health: the role of maternal education"Annals of Epidemiology 39: 39-45.

Choi, Kate H. and Nancy Reichman. 2019. "The health of biracial children in two-parent families in the United States". Demographic Research 41: 197-230.

Choi, Kate H. and Melissa Martinson. 2018. "The relationship between low birthweight and childhood health: disparities by race, ethnicity, and national origin". Annals of Epidemiology 28(10): 704-709.

Choi, Kate H. and Marta Tienda. 2018. "Intermarriage and the Lifecycle Timing of Migration". International Migration Review 52(3): 929-962.

Choi, Kate H. and Rachel Goldberg. 2018. "Fertility Behavior of Interracial Couples". Journal of Marriage and Family 80: 871-887.

Recent/Upcoming Presentations

Studying the Determinants of COVID-19 in a Data Vacuum. McGill Special COVID-19 Seminar on June 4, 2020.

"The mate selection behavior of GED recipients." Presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Population Association of America.

"Age of children and residential mobility." Presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. 


Fall 2020

  • 3368F - 001 Marriage Markets
  • 4486F - 001 Selected Topics: Health Inequalities by Race, Ethnicity, & Nativity- Focus on COVID-19 

Winter 2021

  • 3365G - 001 Selected Topics: Inequalities across Families: Why the Rich get Richer and the Poor get Poorer
  • 3381G - 001 Migration and Family