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Parental Human Capital, Low-Skilled Jobs, and Racial Disparities in Immigrant Families

10-25-2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Center on Race and Social Problems announces its next speaker series lecture with Kevin J.A. Thomas, Ph.D. of the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on immigrant families and racial disparities.

“Black children of immigrants have household heads that are more likely to have occupations with low SEI scores than children in US-born households. More importantly, they demonstrate that intersections between parental job-mismatches and employment in the bottom rather than upper levels of the occupational distribution have important implications for understanding poverty differences among children. Job mismatches within occupations with low SEI scores are associated with greater poverty risks among Black than White, Asian, or Hispanic children of immigrants. However, racial poverty disparities are considerably lower among children with household heads in the highest occupational strata.”

Read more at PubMed.

No registration required. Seating is limited – Overflow room with live video will be available.

Kevin J.A. Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Kevin J. A. Thomas is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and a Research Associate at Penn State’s Population Research Institute (PRI). His research interests include migration and immigration processes, especially among African-origin populations, children and families, and race and ethnic inequality.

Dr. Thomas has received a number of awards, including the Young Scholars Fellowship of the Foundation for Child Development. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed outlets such as the International Migration Review, Demography, and the Lancet. He has also served as an expert witness on immigration issues and on the National Research Council’s panel on the Integration of Immigrants into US society.

His recent book titled, Diverse Pathways: Race and the incorporation of Black, White, and Arab-origin African Immigrants (Michigan State University Press) provides a critical look at the significance of race and ethnicity for understanding the assimilation experiences of Africans in the US.

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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