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Jenifer L. Bratter
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Sociology
 
e-mail:Jenifer.L.Bratter@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Psychology (1995) Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • M.A. Sociology (1998) University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • PhD. Sociology with an Emphasis in Demography (2001) University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
 
Primary Department
   Department of Sociology
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Websites
 Department of Sociology, Rice University
 Jenifer Bratter
 Jenifer Bratter's Website
 
Research Areas
 Race and Ethnicity, Demography, Family
 

Research Statement of Jenifer Bratter

 

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.

 
Research Statement of Jenifer L. Bratter
 Jenifer L. Bratter (PhD 2001, University of Texas at Austin) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Dr. Bratter's research explores the implications of racial mixing (i.e. interracial family formation, multiracial identity) for current understanding of the salience of racial distinctions. This is explored in three sociological domains: the family, health, and identity. In the realm of family relationships, her work explores how multiracial adults who grew up in a post-civil rights America navigate the color line when they select spouses and partners as well as identify their own children. In addition, another project conducted with colleague Dr. Holly Heard, examines the how families serve as a site of racial formation and racial transmission. Their project examines the relationships between interracially married parents and their multiracial children and how those relationships impact how their children identity and whether these relationships work off of similar cultural scripts of monoracial families. Additionally, she extends the focus on family relationships to explore experiences of interracial couples over the life course. In research co/authored with Dr. Rosalind King looking at experiences that facilitate entering an interracial marriage as well as conditions that increase the likelihood of a intermarried couple’s disruption. In the area of health, Dr. Bratter has recently initiated a project co/authored with Dr. Bridget Gorman on examining how the realities of multiple-race reporting, and thus multiracial identity, complicate what is known about health disparities between racial groups. This extends a prior focus on health and race Dr. Bratter had conducted with Dr. Karl Eschbach exploring the mental health of interracial married couples, and more generally, racial differences in psychological distress. Finally, Dr. Bratter's research is exploring the meaning of blurred racial identity more broadly through drawing connections to blurred gender identity. A new project conducted with Kristen Schilt is identifying possible parallels between mixed race identities and transgender identities. Dr. Bratter has recently published works appearing in Social Forces, Family Relations, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science as well as several upcoming book chapters.
 
Teaching Areas
 Statistics, Race and Ethnicity, Demography
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Bancroft, Amanda, Jenifer Bratter, and Kristie Phillips. In Press. Double Threat and STEM: Intervention Effects on Math Scores for African American and Hispanic Girls

 
 

Bancroft, Amanda, Jenifer Bratter, and Kristie Phillips. In Press. Double Threat and STEM: Intervention Effects on Math Scores for African American and Hispanic Girls

 
 

Bancroft, Amanda, Jenifer Bratter, and Kristie Phillips. In Press. Double Threat and STEM: Intervention Effects on Math Scores for African American and Hispanic Girls

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Heather O’Connell. “Multiracial identities, single race history: contemporary consequences of historical race and marriage laws for racial classification” (Revised and resubmitted) Social Science Research

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer, Kristi Phillips, and Irina Chukray,  Accepted. Does a Self-Affirmation Intervention Reduce Stereotype Threat in Black and Hispanic High Schools? Race and Social Problems

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer, Mary Campbell, and Jarron M. Saint Onge "Living Race Together: A New Look at Racial Disparities in Smoking and the Role of Interracial Unions." The Sociological QuarterlySubmitted

 
 

O’Connell, Heather A., Lester King, and Jenifer L. Bratter. Accepted “Community Resources in a Diverse City: Supermarket Location and Emerging Racial Hierarchies. Race and Social Problems

 
 

Damaske, Sarah, Jenifer Bratter, and Adrianne Frech.(in press). “Employment, Race, and Single Mothers: Is Employment Equally Beneficial Across Race?” Social Science Research

 
 

Porter, Jeremy and Jenifer Bratter. 2015. Investigating Race, Class and Context through Historical Evidence: Segregation and the Ecology of Aspirations of Black College Students in the 1960s South. Sociological Spectrum 35(1): 286-308.

 
 

Schilt, Kristen and Jenifer Bratter. 2015. “From Multiracial to Multigender?  Assessing Attitudes toward a Transgender Category on the Census”. Transgender Studies Quarterly 2(1): 77-100

 
 

Damaske, Sarah and Jenifer Bratter. “Employment, Race, and Single Mothers: Is Employment Equally Beneficial Across Race?” 

 
 

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

 
 

Smith, Chelsea, Kristen Schilt, Bridget Gorman, Becky Wade, Jenifer Bratter.  “Gender Differences in Trajectories of Family Formation During Graduate School” 

 
 Articles
 

Campbell, Mary, Jenifer Bratter, and Wendy Roth. 2016. “Measuring the Diverging Components of Race: An Introduction”.  American Behavioral Scientist. 60: 381-389. 

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Rachel Kimbro. forthcoming. "Multiracial Children and Racial Differences in Child Poverty: Evidence from the ECLS-K"  Family Relations

 
 

Bratter Jenifer and Sarah Damaske, forthcoming in April 2013 “Poverty at a Racial Crossroads: Poverty Among Multiracial Children in Single Mother Families” Journal of Marriage and Family

 
 

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 Bridget Gorman. 2011. "Is Discrimination an Equal Opportunity Risk: SES, Perceived Discrimination, and Health Status of Black and White adults" Journal of Health and Social Beahvior. 52(3) 365-382.

 
 

Porter, Jeremy and Jenifer Bratter, "Race, Class and Context: Segregation and the Ecology of Aspirations of Black College Students in the 1960’s South" revised and resubmit from Sociological Inquiry

 
 

Gorman, Bridget, Jenifer Bratter, Kristen Schilt, and Amy Crook.  "Do Happy Graduate Students = Future Academics? The Role of Mentorship in the Academic Career Gender Gap" submitted to American Sociological Review

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Holly Heard. 2009. "Mother's, Father's, Both: Parental Gender and RacialClassification of Multiracial Adolescents." Sociological Forum 24 (3): 658-688.

 
 Bratter, Jenifer. (2007)"Will 'Multiracial' Survive to the Next Generation? Racial Classification of Children of Multiracial Parents" Social Forces 86 (2) 367-388
 
 Bratter, Jenifer and Holly Heard. "Mother, Father, Both? Parental Gender and Parent-Child interactions effects on Racial Identity"
 
 Bratter, Jenifer and Rosalind King (2007). "But Will It Last?": Marital Instability Among Interracial and Same-Race Couples" Family Relations
 
 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.
 
 Bratter, Jenifer and Karl Eschbach, 2006. "What about the Couple? Interracial Marriage and Psychological Distress" Social Science Research 35(4): 1025-1047
 
 Solis, Patricio, Thomas Pullum, and Jenifer Bratter forthcoming. “Homogamy in Monterrey, Mexico: Changes and Continuity” forthcoming in Population Research and Policy Review
 
 Editor of books
 

Emerson, Michael O., Jenifer Bratter, and Sergio Chavez. 2016. The (Un)Making of Race and Ethnicity: A Reader. New York: Oxford University Press. 

 
 Book chapters
 

Bratter, Jenifer. 2015. “Demography of Race and Ethnicity in the United States”  (pp47-69) International Handbook of Demography of Race and Ethnicity edited by Rogelio Saenz, David Embrick, and Nestor Rodriguez. Springer

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Christa Mason. 2016. “Multiracial Americans and Health Care Policy: Assessment and recommendations for a pathway forward” Race Policy and Multiracial Americans edited by Kathleen Korgen.   PP 155-172 Bristol: Policy Press

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer. 2010. “Demography of the United States” invited submission to the
International Handbook for Race and Ethnicity.

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer "The One-Drop Rule through a Multiracial Lens: The Role of Race and Class in the Racial Classification of Partially Black Children." In Press

 
 Bratter, Jenifer and Holly E. Heard. forthcoming. “In the Name and Race of the Father?: The Role of Father – Child Interactions in the Identity of Multiracial Adolescents” to be published in conference proceedings of “Multiethnic Families: Identity, Development, and Well-Being”, held at the University of Hawaii
 
 Bratter, Jenifer and Tukufu Zuberi, forthcoming. “As Racial Boundaries ‘Fade’: Racial Stratification and Interracial Marriage” chapter in White Methods / White Logic Editors: Eduardo Bonilla Silva and Tukufu Zuberi.
 
 Book reviews
 

Bratter, Jenifer. Invited and submitted. “Biracial Identity in America: Forming and Performing Identity” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer. 2012. Forthcoming. The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference. American Journal of Sociology.

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer. 2012. Forthcoming. " Transcending Racial Barriers: toward a Mutual Obligations Approach" Social Forces

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer 2010. Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference. Gender and Society

 
 Conference papers
 

Bratter, Jenifer "The Work in Progress of Analyzing Multiracial Populations? What the Census Bureau needs to know to improve statistics about multiple-race people." Submitted

 
 Other
 

Bratter Jenifer and Ellen Whitehead. Submitted. “Population Composition by Race and Ethnicity: North America” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Irma Elo, Andrew Foster, and James Wright  

 
Presentations
 Conference Paper
 

Ellen Whitehead and Jenifer Bratter, “Single Mothers, Multigenerational Families and  Poverty: Are there benefits across Race?”  

 
 

Campbell, Mary, Jenifer Bratter, Jarron S. Onge. "Multiracial adults and self-rated health: The importance of family and neighborhood context"

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Heather O’Connell. “Multiracial identities, single race history:  contemporary consequences of historical race and marriage laws for racial classification”  Paper Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. 

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Ellen Whitehead “Ties that Bind Across Racial Lines: Comparing Perceptions of Kin Support Across  Mixed-Race and Monoracial Families 

 
 Invited Papers
 

Bratter, Jenifer, Mary Campbell, and Jarron Saint Onge. “Smoking at a RacialIntersection: the Association between interracial Unionship and Smoking behavior”, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania (presented by Mary Campbell)

 
 

Campbell Mary and Jenifer Bratter. “Interracial Contact and Health Behaviors: A thought piece examining how interracial connections Challenge the assumption of health disparities research” Conference on Reconsidering Race: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Texas A & M University, May 3-4th, 2013. 

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer “Poverty at a Racial Crossroads: Poverty Among Multiracial Children in
Single Mother Families” Racial Ethnic Studies Institute, Texas A & M University

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Sarah Damaske. 2011."What about These Children? Assessing Poverty Among the ‘Hidden Population’ of Multiracial Children in Single-Mother Families"for the Council of Contemporary Families.

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer. 2011. "Child poverty at a Racial Cross Roads: Assessing Child poverty for children in Mono- and Multiracial Families"  Presenation at the Departmetn of Sociology at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

 
 Invited Talks
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Ellen Whitehead. 2015 "Ties that Bind across racial lines: Comparing Kin Support across Mixed Race and Monoracial Families"

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Bridget Gorman. “Is Racial Discrimination an Equal Opportunity Health Risk: Racial Discrimination, Social Class, and Health Status among Black and White Adults.” Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.

 
 Bratter, Jenifer and Bridget Gorman. "Does Mixed Race Matter: A Case of Racial Health Disparities." Texas A&M University, Department of Sociology.
 
 

""What about the Couple? Interracial Marriage and Psychological Distress"." University of Texas-Austin, Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. (April 2006) With Karl Eschbach

 
 Panelist
 

Damakse, S. and J. Bratter. 2013. Employment, Race, and Single Mothers: Is Employment Equally Beneficial Across Race? Presentation for the American Sociological Association Round Table

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer. 2013.  The Color of Class between the Lines: The Socioeconmoic Standing of Multiracial Families.  Paper Presentation for the Population Association of America

 
 

Damaske, Sarah and Jenifer Bratter. “Employment, Race, and Single Mothers: Is Employment Equally Beneficial Across Race?”

 
 

Mederios, Rose and Jenifer Bratter. “Is a Diverse Future a Multiracial Future? Population Projections of Multiracial Groups”

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Sarah Damaske.  2011. "What about These Children? Assessing Poverty Among the ‘Hidden Population’ of Multiracial Children in Single-Mother Families" presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America.

 
 

Gorman, Bridget, Jenifer Bratter, Kristen Schilt and Amy Crook, "Do Happy Graduate Students = Future Academics? The Role of Mentorship in the Academic Career Gender Gap" paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association

 
 

Kristen Schilt and Jenifer Bratter, "From Multiracial to Multigender? Assessing Attitudes toward a Transgender Category on the Census" paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association

 
 

"Is Racial Discrimination an Equal Opportunity Risk? Social Class, Percerived Discrimination, and Health Status for Black and white Adults." Population Association of America, (April 2009) With Bridget Gorman

 
 

"Residential Segregation, Inter-group contact, and Black White differences in Self-rated Health." Southern Demographic Association, (October, 2009) With Jeremy Porter, Bridget Gorman

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Bridget Gorman. “Does Multiracial Matter? A Case Study of Racial Health Disparities.

 
 2008 Bratter, Jenifer and Holly Heard. “Mother’s, Father’s, Both: Parental Gender and Racial Classification of Multiracial Adolescents.
 
 

"Does Multiracial Matter: A Case Study of Racial Health Disparities." Southern Demographic Association, Birmingham, AL. (October 2007) With Bridget Gorman

 
 

"Will Multiracial Survive to the Next Generation: Racial Classification of Children of Multiracial Parents." Population Association of America, New York, NY. (April 2007)

 
 

"“In the Name and Race of the Father?: The Role of Father – Child Interactions in the Identity of Multiracial Adolescents” to be presented at the . University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii." Multiethnic Families: Identity, Development, and Well-Being, niversity of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Februrary 2006) With Holly Heard

 
 

"“Parental Involvement: Does Mixed Race Matter?”." Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles, CA. (March 2006) With Heard, Holly

 
 

"“Passing on the Culture of Knowledge of Race: Racial identification of Multiracial Children of African American Mothers”." 21st-Century Motherhood Conference, University of Houston. (October 2005)

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

Putting Mixed-Race into Context: Assessing the role of family and neighborhood contexts for the health of multiracial adults" University of Wisconsin Center forDemography and Ecology

 
Editorial Positions
 Associate Editor, Population Research and Policy Review. Souther Demographic Association. (2012 - 2014)

 Editor for Special Issue, American Behavorial Scientist. (2016 - 2016)

 Member of the Editorial Board, American Sociological Review. American Sociological Association. (2017 - 2020)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity . American Sociological Association. (2015 - 2016)

 Other, Journal of Health and Social Behavior. (2009 - 2009)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Health and Social Behavior. American Sociological Association. (2013 - 2014)

 Other, American Sociological Review. (2009 - 2009)

 Other, The Sociological Quarterly. (2009 - 2009)

 Other, Population Research and Policy Review. (2009 - 2009)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Health and Social Behavior. (2014 - 2015)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Linguistics Michael Colley, PhD Diphthongization in Brazilian Portuguese. (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

 James Wainwright, PhD Both Indian Country and Slave Country: Cattle, Cotton, and Slavery in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1780ľ1825. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Laura Essenburg, Master's of Arts How Race Matters in Inter-Racial Friendships.. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Mackenzie Brewer, Master's of Arts Maternity Leave, Family Structure, and Breast Feeding. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Johnathan Marks, PhD Race and Respectability in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: Free People of Color in Charleston and Cartagena. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Ellen Whitehead, Master's of Arts Race, Residence, and Shared Resources: Does Kin Support Matter at the Neighborhood Level. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Irina Chukray, Master's of Arts Racial Composition and Student-Teacher Congruence. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Eboni Allen, MA The Deinstitutionalization of Marriage among the Academic Elite: The Marriage, Family, and Career Expectations of PhD Seeking Women and Men. (2016) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Raul Casares, MA Drawing Borders with Words: Investigating the Role of Race in Immigrant Attitudes. (2017) (Thesis Director)

 Allan Farrell, MA Race, Context, and Discrimination. (2017) (Thesis Director)

 Elizabeth Korver Glenn, PhD Under Construction: Race and Housing Markets in 21stáCentury Urban America. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Sandte Stanley, MA The Effect of Partner Education on Mortality Among a Racially Diverse Sample of Women. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Mackenzie Brewer, PhD Collateral Damage? How Household Debt Impacts Child Health and Development. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Laura Freeman, PhD Before the Starting Gate: A Study of Life Course Contexts and Racial Birth Outcome Disparities. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Horace Duffy, MA School Racial Composition and Discipline. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Simranjit Khalsa, PhD An International Study of Sikhism in the US, UK, and India. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Chandra Jack, PhD Investigating the Roles of Sociality and Migration on Fitness during the Multicellular Stage of Dictyostelium . (Thesis Committee Member)

 Laura Freeman, Master's of Arts Discrimination, Health, and Race. (Thesis Committee Member)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May 2016)

 Sarah Burnett Award for Teaching Excellence, Rice University, School of Social Sciences (May 2016)

 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Career enhancement, (Fall 2009 to Spring 2010)