Christie D. Batson specializes in social demography, immigration and immigrant adaptation, intermarriage, and urban social problems. Her research examines the immigrant adaptation of adults and children in the United States using the New Immigrant Survey and the National Survey of Family Growth. She is currently exploring immigrant adaptation and occupational mobility patterns of immigrant women in Las Vegas, with a focus on those working as housekeepers in the hotel and resort industry.
Since joining the faculty at UNLV, she has obtained nearly $500,000 in external funding. Dr. Batson is the Co-Principal investigator of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey (LVMASS). The LVMASS research team is studying quality of life issues among residents in Las Vegas, including neighborhood satisfaction, sense of belonging, and environmental concerns. With this data, she is currently studying the effects of the housing foreclosure crisis on neighborhood sentiments in Las Vegas neighborhoods.
Dr. Batson is also the Co-principal Investigator of the Smart Policing Initiative project funded by the Department of Justice. This project examines urban crime and residential opinions of urban crime in Las Vegas neighborhoods. The project uses a mixed-methods data collection technique to study high-crime areas and focus on the displacement of crime under different policing strategies.
Her research has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Demography, Sociological Spectrum, Environmental Planning and Management, Social Service Review, and Journal of Marriage and Family.