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Hispanics live longer than most Americans, but will the US obesity epidemic change things?

Apr 3, 2020

In this article for "The Conversation", SSRI cofunds and PRI affiliates Michelle Frisco and Jenny Van Hook discuss their latest study suggesting that Hispanic immigrants will continue to enjoy longer lives than U.S.-born whites in the near future; but the life expectancy of U.S.-born Hispanics may…
News Topics: Immigration

Counting 11 million undocumented immigrants is easier than Trump thinks

Jul 19, 2019

By Jennifer Van Hook for The Conversation It is now clear that there will be no question about citizenship on the 2020 U.S. Census. After the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration, President Trump vowed to find a way to include the question. But with no legal path forward and time…

Penn State hosts second annual Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods

Jul 3, 2019

Successful research methods regarding immigration and migrant populations was the focus of the 2019 Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods, held recently at Penn State’s University Park campus. Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography and a Social Science…

Van Hook talks U.S. census on McCourtney Institute podcast

May 8, 2018

The next U.S. census won’t happen until 2020, but it’s already a hot topic of conversation as controversy builds over a proposed question on citizenship.  Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography in the College of the Liberal Arts, recently discussed the implications of…

Van Hook interviewed about U.S. 2020 Census and citizenship

Apr 18, 2018

Trump officials claim they can avoid 2020 census problems caused by controversial citizenship question. Experts are very skeptical By Jeffrey Mervis, for Science Magazine The Trump administration’s plan to deal with a possible significant undercount on the 2020 U.S. census is seriously flawed,…
News Topics: Census Immigration

Sexsmith receives Roy C. Buck Award for paper on health care access

Mar 26, 2018

PRI affiliate Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of rural sociology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2017 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes the best article accepted or published by a refereed scholarly journal in the social sciences…

Why the 2020 census shouldn’t ask about your citizenship status

Feb 22, 2018

By Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography, for The Conversation  “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” In Dec. 2017, the Department of Justice formally proposed adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. This question would ostensibly help to enforce…
News Topics: Census Immigration