Christie D. Batson
Christie D. Batson specializes in social demography, immigration and immigrant adaptation, race/ethnicity, intermarriage, and family. Her research examines the immigrant adaptation of adults and children in the United States. She currently is exploring the educational outcomes of children of new immigrants using the New Immigrant Survey. She also is conducting research on the contemporary adaptation patterns of Mexican women in the United States by examining their fertility, marital, and labor force characteristics. 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. Her research has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Demography, Sociological Spectrum, and Journal of Marriage and Family.
Recent Courses Taught
- SOC 403 — Techniques of Social Research
- SOC 427 — Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations
- SOC 471 — Racial and Ethnic Conflict in the United States
- SOC 702 — Graduate Quantitative Research Methods
- SOC 717 — Urban Demography and Population Studies
Current Research Projects
- Educational Outcomes of Children of Immigrants
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.