Rebecca Anna Schut

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Postdoctoral Fellow, The Center for Health and the Social Sciences, The University of Chicago


I am a postdoctoral fellow in the NIA T32 Specialized Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging at The University of Chicago's Center for Health and the Social Sciences. My research uses quantitative methods to investigate how racism and nativism generate population health inequalities and stratified life outcomes for people of color and immigrants in the United States. A key focus of my scholarship is on understanding U.S. health care as a racialized institution, within which broader social inequalities are reflected and reproduced for both patients and physicians. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, International Migration Review, Demographic Research, and Population Research and Policy Review. I am currently developing several projects that examine how structures of racial stratification and immigrant exclusion intersect to generate healthcare and health inequalities among immigrants of various racial-ethnic identities and legal statuses.

I hold a Ph.D. in Demography and Sociology (2022), an M.A. in Demography (2019), and a B.A. in Health and Societies (2016) from the University of Pennsylvania.


PhD, Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2022

AM, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

BA, Health and Societies, University of Pennsylvania, 2016


Research Interests

Social demography; Medical sociology; Population health inequalities; Structural determinants of health; Inequalities in the structure and delivery of health care; Racial stratification; Immigrant incorporation

Selected Publications

*Mani, Sneha Sarah and Rebecca Anna Schut. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Inequalities in Preventive Health Screenings: Trends and Implications for U.S. Population Health. Social Science & Medicine 328: 116003

Schut, Rebecca Anna and Courtney Boen. 2022. State Immigration Policy Contexts and Racialized Legal Status Disparities in Healthcare Utilization among U.S. Agricultural Workers. Demography 59(6): 2079-2107.

Schut, Rebecca Anna. 2022. Disaggregating Inequalities in the Career Outcomes of International Medical Graduates in the United States. Sociology of Health and Illness 44(3): 535-565.

Flippen, Chenoa A. and Rebecca Anna Schut. 2022. Migration and Contraception among Mexican Women: Assessing Selection, Disruption, and Adaptation. Population Research and Policy Review 41(2): 495-520.

Boen, Courtney, Nick Graetz, Hannah Olson, Zohra Ansari-Thomas, Laurin Bixby, Rebecca Anna Schut, and Hedwig Lee. 2022. Early Patterns of Criminal Legal Involvement: Inequalities by Race-Ethnicity, Gender, and Parental Education. Demographic Research 46(5): 131-146.

Schut, Rebecca Anna. 2021. Racial disparities in provider-patient communication of incidental medical findings. Social Science & Medicine 277: 113901.

Schut, Rebecca Anna. 2021. “New White Ethnics” or “New Latinos”? Hispanic/Latino Pan-ethnicity and Ancestry Reporting among South American Immigrants to the United States. International Migration Review 55(4): 1061-1088. 

Schut, Rebecca Anna and Eduardo Jose Mortani Barbosa Jr. 2020. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Follow-Up Adherence for Incidental Pulmonary Nodules: An Application of a Cascade-of-Care Framework. Journal of the American College of Radiology 17(11): 1410-1419. 

Schut, Rebecca Anna, Susan B. Sorenson, and Richard J. Gelles. 2020. Police Response to Violence and Conflict between Parents and their Minor Children. Journal of Family Violence 35(2): 117-129.  

Sorenson, Susan B. and Rebecca Anna Schut. 2018. Nonfatal gun use in intimate partner violence: A systematic review of the literature. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse 19(4): 431-442.

* = Equal authorship.

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