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Jennifer Lynne Van Hook, Ph.D.

Roy C. Buck Professor, Sociology / Demography


Jennifer Van Hook is Professor of Sociology and Demography and Research Associate of the Population Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. She conducts demographic research on the settlement and incorporation patterns of U.S. immigrants, with one strand of her work focusing on illegal immigration. Her work also focuses on the social, economic, and health assimilation of immigrants and their descendants. Dr. Van Hook received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, and has held positions at the Urban Institute and Bowling Green State University before joining the faculty at Penn State. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America and the Census Scientific Advisory Committee.

Research Interests

Immigration; Social Demography; Demographic Techniques; Health


  • Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • M.S., Sociology, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1991
  • B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1990