Elizabeth Ackert

Elizabeth Ackert
University of California, Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research interests include racial/ethnic inequality, immigration, education, health disparities, urban geography, and quantitative methods. My individual and collaborative work examines explanations for why racial/ethnic and immigrant-origin groups are unequally distributed across contexts– including schools, neighborhoods, and immigrant destinations– and evaluates the consequences of this contextual inequality for disparities in outcomes in domains such as education, residential mobility, and health. I am particularly interested in understanding how the attributes of immigrant-receiving contexts, including states, communities, neighborhoods, and schools, influence the educational and health outcomes of children and adolescents of Mexican origin.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

NICHD R03 Award. Immigrant Destinations, Institutional Supports, and Health among Latino/a Children. (PI; co-Investigator is Dr. Robert Crosnoe) 2018-2021. $100,000 

NSF (SES- Sociology) Award. Kin Location, Neighborhood Disadvantage, and Health and Well-Being across the Life Course. (co-PI with Drs. Amy Spring and Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz). 2020-2023. $450,000

NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Immigrant Destinations and Achievement and Participation in STEM among Mexican-Origin Students. (PI). 2018-2019. $138,000


Ressler, Robert W., Elizabeth Ackert, Arya Ansari, and Robert Crosnoe. 2020. 
"Race/ethnicity, human capital, and the selection of young children into early childhood education. "
Social Science Research 85: 102364. 
Ackert, Elizabeth, Amy Spring, Kyle Crowder, and Scott J. South. 2019. 
"Kin location and racial disparities in exiting and entering poor neighborhoods. "
Social science research 84: 102346. 
Wikle, Jocelyn S., Elizabeth Ackert, and Alexander C. Jensen. 2019. 
"Companionship patterns and emotional states during social interactions for adolescents with and without siblings. "
Journal of Youth and Adolescence 48, no. 11: 2190-2206. 
Research Themes:
Ackert, Elizabeth, Robert Crosnoe, and Tama Leventhal. 2019. 
"New Destinations and the Early Childhood Education of Mexican-Origin Children. "
Demography 56, no. 5: 1607-1634.