Jennifer Augustine

Jennifer Augustine

Assistant Professor

Phone: (713)743-3946
Office: 466 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Sociology and English, Northwestern University


Jennifer Augustine earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Following the completion of her doctoral work, Professor Augustine was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. She joins the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Professor Augustine’s research is broadly organized by her interest in social inequality. As such, she conducts research in numerous substantive areas, including population health, education, family, social demography, and human development. She weaves these topics together by examining how advantages and disadvantages in health and wellbeing are transferred across generations in U.S. families, focusing on the connection between parents’ socioeconomic circumstances and children’s early health and learning. Of particular interest is the significance of mothers’ characteristics in this intergenerational phenomenon, including her education, marital and union status, and fertility history.

Professor Augustine’s research has been supported by several current and past grants from the Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality, the National Science Foundation, and the Society for Research in Child Development. Currently, she is conducting research on whether and why increases in the post-natal schooling of disadvantaged mothers can boost children’s health and cognitive outcomes. She is also pursuing projects that link children’s obesity and achievement to their mothers’ fertility history and union status.

Research Interests

  • Stratification
  • Health Disparities
  • Life Course and Human Development
  • Social Demography
  • Education
  • Family


  • Education and Society
  • Undergraduate Methods

Selected Publications

  • Augustine, Jennifer March and Kelly Raley.2012. “Multigenerational Households and the School Readiness of Children Born to Unmarried Mothers.”  Journal of Family Issues.

  • Crosnoe, Robert, Jennifer March Augustine, and Aletha C. Huston.2012. “Children’s Early Child Care and Mothers’ Later Involvement with Schools.” Child Development 83: 758-772.

  • Augustine, Jennifer March and Robert Crosnoe. 2010. “Mother's Depression and Educational Attainment and their Children's Academic Trajectories.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior  51: 274-290.

  • Augustine, Jennifer March, Shannon Cavanagh, and Robert Crosnoe. 2009. “MaternalEducation, Child Care, and the Reproduction of Advantage.” Social Forces  88: 1-30.

  • Augustine, Jennifer March, Timothy Nelson, and Kathryn Edin. 2009. “Why Do Poor Men Have Children? Fertility Intentions among Low Income Unmarried U.S. Fathers.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences:  624: 99-117.