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Claire Altman

Educational Background

  • Post Doc – Rice University, Department of Sociology
  • Ph.D. – Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. – Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. – Sociology and Geography, The University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Research Process and Evidence Base
  • Health Care in the U.S.
  • Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs II

Research Interests

  • International Migration
  • Unauthorized Migration
  • Population Health and Well-Being
  • Health Disparities and Inequalities

Research Statement

Dr. Altman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri with appointments in the Department of Health Sciences and the Truman School of Public Affairs. As a social demographer her work broadly focuses on population health and immigrant well-being. She has done research on topics such as obesity, weight perceptions, and self-assessed health. Her current research examines the role of legal status on the health and well-being of unauthorized immigrants.

Active Grants

  • University of Missouri Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant (2019-2020)
  • University of Missouri Research Council Grant (2019 – 2020)
  • University of Missouri Population, Education and Health Center’s (PEHC) Small Grant Award (2017 – 2019)

Selected Publications

  • Chávez, Sergio, Claire E. Altman, and Bridget K. Gorman. Forthcoming. “Deciding to Re-Migrate: The Risks and Benefits in Contemporary Mexico-US Migration.”
  • Gorman, Bridget K., Claire E. Altman, Rudy Guerra, and Sergio Chavez. Forthcoming. “Gender, Education, and Physical Health Conditions among Adults in Central Mexico.”
  • Heflin, Colleen, Claire E. Altman and Laura Rodriguez*. Forthcoming. “Disability and Food Insecurity.” Disability and Health Journal.
  • Reynolds, A.*, & Altman, C. E. (2018). Subjective Health Assessments Among Older Adults in Mexico. Population Research and Policy Review, 1-26. doi:10.1007/s11113-018-9472-6
  • Van Hook, J., Quirós, S., Dondero, M., & Altman, C. E. (2018). Healthy Eating among Mexican Immigrants: Migration in Childhood and Time in the United States. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 59(3), 391-410. doi:10.1177/0022146518788869
  • Altman, C. E., Gorman, B. K., & Chávez, S. (2018). Exposure to violence, coping strategies, and diagnosed mental health problems among adults in a migrant-sending Community in Central Mexico. Population Research and Policy Review37(2), 229-260.
  • Edelblute, H. B., & Altman, C. E. (2018). Father Absence, Social Networks, and Maternal Ratings of Child Health: Evidence from the 2013 Social Networks and Health Information Survey in Mexico. Maternal and child health journal22(4), 626-634.
  • Woods, T. M.*, Altman, C. E., Chávez, S., & Gorman, B. K. (2018). Gender, migration and perceptions of HIV risk in Mexico. Culture, health & sexuality, 1-14.
  • Altman, C. E., Van Hook, J., & Hillemeier, M. (2016). What does self-rated health mean? Changes and variations in the association of obesity with objective and subjective components of self-rated health. Journal of health and social behavior57(1), 39-58.
  • Altman, C. E., Van Hook, J., & Gonzalez, J. (2017). Becoming Overweight without Gaining a Pound: Weight Evaluations and the Social Integration of Mexicans in the United States. International Migration Review51(1), 3-36.

Selected Pubs: (*Denotes Student)