Rachel Kimbro

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro (Ph.D., 2005, Princeton University) is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Rice University and Professor of Sociology. 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 recently published 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.


Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert. 2022. In Too Deep: Class and Mothering in a Flooded Community. University of California Press.

Ashley Kranjac, Catherine Boyd, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Brady Moffett, and Keila Lopez. 2021. “Neighborhoods Matter; But for Whom? Heterogeneity of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Child Obesity by Sex.” Health & Place, 68: 102534.

Vincent J Gonzalez, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Katherine E Cutitta, John C Shabosky, Mohammad F Bilal, Daniel J Penny, & Keila N Lopez. 2021. “Mental Health Disorders in Children with Congenital Heart Disease.” Pediatrics, 147(2): e20201693.

Sharp, Gregory and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2021. “Neighborhood Social Environments, Healthy Resources, and Adult Diabetes: Accounting for Activity Space Exposures.” Health and Place, 67: 102473.

Denney, Justin T., Mackenzie Brewer, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2020. “Food Insecurity in Households with Young Children: A Test of Contextual Congruence.” Social Science & Medicine, 263.

Schachter, Ariela, Gregory Sharp, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2020. “(Can’t Get No) Neighborhood Satisfaction? How Multilevel Immigration Factors Shape Latinos’ Neighborhood Attitudes.” Socius, 6: 1-16.

Research Areas

Poverty and inequality, family, and population health


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