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Kathryn Freeman Anderson

Kathryn Freeman Anderson

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Office: 495 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
Phone: 713.743.9476
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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona
M.S., Sociology, Oklahoma State University
B.A., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin


Kathryn Freeman Anderson is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies in the department of sociology at the University of Houston. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2016.

Professor Anderson specializes in the sociology of health and illness, urban sociology, race/ethnicity and organizations. Her work is generally focused on understanding the social sources of health disparities in the United States. In particular, she examines the role of race/ethnicity and urban neighborhood dynamics to analyze how these factors may affect individual health. She chiefly employs quantitative statistical methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in her work.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Urban Sociology
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Organizations
  • Social Stratification
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Selected Publications

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Caroline Wolski. 2023. “Racial/Ethnic Residential Clustering, Neighborhood Health Care Provision, and Choice of Pediatric Health Care Provider across the USA.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Published online first.

Fullerton, Andrew S., and Kathryn Freeman Anderson. 2023. “Ordered Regression Models: A Tutorial.” Prevention Science 24:431-443.

Rambotti, Simone, Caroline Wolski, and Kathryn Freeman Anderson.  2023. “It Didn’t Go Away: The Political and Social Determinants of Covid-19 Mortality Rates Across Counties in the United States.” COVID 3(3):370-380.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Darra Ray-Warren. 2022. “Racial/Ethnic Residential Clustering and Early COVID-19 Vaccine Allocations in Five Urban Texas Counties.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 63(4): 472-490.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Dylan Simburger. 2022. “Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation and Poor Self-Rated Health: The Moderating Role of Immigration.” Race and Social Problems 14: 131–149.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Joseph Galaskiewicz. 2021. “Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation, Income Inequality, and Job Accessibility by Public Transportation Networks.” Spatial Demography 9: 341-373.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, Angelica Lopez, and Dylan Simburger. 2021. “Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation and SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Infection Rates:  A Spatial Analysis of U.S. Cities.” Sociological Perspectives 64(5):804-830.

Galaskiewicz, Joseph, Kathryn Freeman Anderson, and Kendra Thompson-Dyck. 2021. “Minority-White Income Inequality across Metropolitan Areas: The Role of Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation and Transportation Networks.” Journal of Urban Affairs 43:16-39.

Chen, Tzuan, Nathan Grant Smith, Seann Regan, Ezemenari M. Obasi, Kathryn Freeman Anderson, and Lorraine R. Reitzel. 2021. “Combining Global Positioning System (GPS) with Saliva Collection among Sexual Minority Adults: A Feasibility Study.” PLoS ONE 16(5): e0250333. 

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman. 2020. “Residential Segregation, Neighborhood Health Care Organizations, and Children’s Health Care Utilization in the Phoenix Urbanized Area.” City & Community 19(3): 771-801.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Lindsay Oncken. 2020. “Racial Residential Segregation, Perceived Neighborhood Conditions, and Self-Rated Health: The Case of Houston, Texas.” Sociological Forum 35(2): 393-418.

Fullerton, Andrew S., Destinee B. McCollum, Jeffrey C. Dixon, and Kathryn Freeman Anderson.  2020. “The Insecurity Gradient in Health: How Inequality in the Distribution of Job Insecurity Matters for the Relationship between Job Insecurity and Self-Rated Health in Europe.” The Sociological Quarterly 61(1):107-127.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, Eric Bjorklund, and Simone Rambotti. 2019. “Income Inequality and Chronic Health Conditions: A Multilevel Analysis of the U.S. States.” Sociological Focus 52(1): 65-85. 

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman. 2018. “Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation, the Distribution of Physician’s Offices, and Access to Health Care: The Case of Houston, Texas.” Social Sciences 7(8):119.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman. 2017. “Racial Residential Segregation and the Distribution of Health-Related Organizations in Urban Neighborhoods.” Social Problems 64(2):256-276.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Jessie K. Finch. 2017. “The Role of Racial Microaggressions, Stress, and Acculturation in Understanding Latino Health Outcomes in the USA.” Race and Social Problems 9(3):218-233.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman. 2017. “Racial Residential Segregation and the Distribution of Auxiliary Health Care Practitioners across Urban Space.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care 35:145-167.

Schoon, Eric W., and Kathryn Freeman Anderson. 2017. “Rethinking the Boundaries: Competitive Threat and the Asymmetric Salience of Race/Ethnicity in Attitudes toward Immigrants.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 3:1-14.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman. 2016. “Residential Segregation and Health Outcomes in the United States: Moving Beyond Black and White.” Population Review 55(2):45-74.

Fullerton, Andrew S., Michael A. Long, and Kathryn Freeman Anderson. 2016. “Job Insecurity and Substance Use in the United States: Stress, Strain, and the Gendering of Precarious Employment.” Research in the Sociology of Work 29:241-271.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Jessie K. Finch. 2014. “Racially Charged Legislation and Latino Health Disparities: The Case of Arizona’s S.B. 1070.” Sociological Spectrum 34(6):526-548.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Andrew S. Fullerton. 2014. “Residential Segregation, Health, and Health Care: Answering the Latino Question.” Race and Social Problems 6(3):262-279. 

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman. 2013. “Diagnosing Discrimination: Stress from Perceived Racism and the Mental and Physical Health Effects.”  Sociological Inquiry 83(1):55-81.

Fullerton, Andrew S., and Kathryn Freeman Anderson. 2013. “The Role of Job Insecurity in Explanations of Racial Health Inequality.”  Sociological Forum 28(2):308-325.

Anderson, Kathryn Freeman, and Andrew S. Fullerton. 2012. “Racial Residential Segregation and Access to Health Care Coverage: A Multilevel Analysis.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care 30:133-158.