Rachel Kimbro

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro (Ph.D., 2005, Princeton University) is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Rice University, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Kinder Institute's Urban Health Program. Dr. Kimbro earned her M.A. in Sociology at Princeton and her B.A. in Sociology and Policy Studies at Rice. Following her doctoral work at Princeton, Dr. Kimbro was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she received interdisciplinary training in population health. Dr. Kimbro's research focuses on family and neighborhood influences on child health and wellbeing. Current work examines family and neighborhood influences on food insecurity and children's sleep, and she is writing a book on Hurricane Harvey's impact on mothers and children. She is a Founding Faculty Member at Texas Children's Hospital's Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy, a Baker Institute Scholar, and adjunct faculty at Baylor College of Medicine.


Schachter, Ariela, Greg Sharp, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. “(Can’t Get No) Neighborhood Satisfaction? How Multilevel Immigration Factors Shape Latinos’ Neighborhood Attitudes.” Forthcoming, Socius.

Brewer, Mackenzie, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and Justin T. Denney. 2019. "Families in Context: Food Insecurity among Hispanic Immigrant and non-Immigrant Households with Children." Family and Community Health, (42)4: 283-291.

Kranjac, Ashley, Justin T. Denney, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Brady Moffett, and Keila Lopez. 2019. “Child Obesity and the Interaction of Family and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Context.” Population Research and Policy Review, 38: 347-369.

Ashley Kranjac, Justin T. Denney, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Brady Moffett, and Keila Lopez. 2018. “Neighborhood and Social Environmental Influences on Child Chronic Disease Prevalence.” Population and Environment, 40(2): 93-114.

Justin T. Denney, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and Gregory Sharp. 2018. “Neighborhoods and Food Insecurity in Households with Young Children: A Disadvantage Paradox?” Social Problems, 65(3): 342-359.

Laura Freeman Cenegy, Justin T. Denney, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2018. “Family Diversity and Child Health: Where Do Same-Sex Couple Families Fit?” Journal of Marriage and Family, 80(1): 198-218.

Sharon Wolf, Katherine Magnuson, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2017. “Neighborhood Poverty and School Readiness Before and After the Great Recession.” Children and Youth Services Review, 79: 368-384.

Jennifer Augustine, Kate Prickett, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2017. “Health-Related Parenting among U.S. Families and Young Children’s Physical Health.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 816-832.

Research Areas

Poverty and inequality, family, and population health


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