Contact Information

201 Garland Hall

Research Interests

  • International Migration
  • Social Demography
  • Mexico-U.S. Migration
  • Social Inequality


PhD, SUNY-Stony Brook, 1988

Curriculum Vitae

Katharine M. Donato

Professor and Chair of Sociology
Affiliated Faculty, Political Science and Center for Medicine, Health and Society
Editor, American Sociological Review, 2010-13

How does international migration affect origin and host societies?

Throughout my career, I have examined many research questions related to migration, especially between Mexico and the United States. These include the consequences of U.S. immigration policy; the health consequences of migration; immigrant parent involvement in schools in New York, Chicago, and Nashville; deportation and its effects for immigrant incorporation; and the gender composition of international migration flows across time and space. I have published many articles and co-edited special volumes in the International Migration Review and The Annals of the Politicial and Social. Between 1996 and 2002, I was principal investigator of a binational project that examined how the processes of health and migration unfolded during the life course.

Currently, I am finishing a book manuscript about global patterns and shifts in the gender composition of international migrant populations (with Professor Donna Gabaccia at the University of Minnesota). Other work in progress includes manuscripts that examine children's cumulative life chances of migrating from Mexico to the United States, shifts in the ways that Mexican children and adolescents cross the U.S. border, how local immigration enforcement programs affect arrests and related police behavior, effects of the great recesion on the employment transitions of Mexican migrants, and how gender moderates the effects of social support on health.