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Christie D. Batson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Office: CBC-B 233


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.

Current Research Projects

  • Immigrant Adaptation and Assimilation
    This research uses data from the New Immigrant Survey to examine the educational assessment scores of children of new immigrants.
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey (LVMASS)
    The primary purpose of this project is to identify the socio-spatial distribution of attitudes and attributes relevant to urban sustainability in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The project includes an initial wave of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey (LVMASS) to assess how Las Vegas residents think about their urban sustainability across three dimensions: 1) community and quality of life; 2) the natural environment; 3) urban economic development.
  • Smart Policing Initiative: Police Innovation
    This research is funded by the Department of Justice, in partnership with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The highly competitive two-year award (2011-2013) of $400,000 involves three sources of data collection, including a rigorous experimental design of police saturation teams in 24 high-crime areas of Las Vegas. The project also includes a widespread residential survey (an anchor survey of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey) of residents living in project areas. And finally, the project is utilizing observation fieldwork from police ride-alongs in project areas.