RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition Policy, Immigrant Health
Rachel Tolbert Kimbro (Ph.D., 2005, Princeton University) is Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Rice Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, where she also directs the Urban Health Program at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Dr. Kimbro earned her M.A. in Sociology at Princeton and her B.A. in Sociology and Policy Studies at Rice. Dr. Kimbro’s research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities and family influences on health behaviors and outcomes. Current work examines neighborhood influences on child nutrition and physical activity for low-income and immigrant families. Currently a Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar, her work on the determinants of childhood obesity has also been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living Program, Mississippi State University’s Southern Rural Development Center, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Health Economics Program, and the Faculty Initiatives Program at Rice. She has authored research published in /Health Affairs,/ the /Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, /the /American Journal of Public Health/, /Social Science Quarterly/, /Maternal and Child Health, Population Research and Policy Review,/ and the /Journal of Marriage and Family/.