Welcome Dr. Stephanie Potochnick

A warm welcome to our new faculty member in the sociology department, Dr. Stephanie Potochnick! Stephanie graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2007 with an M.A. in Sociology. After continuing her education, Dr. Potochnick joined the faculty at the University of Missouri, but has decided to make the move back to Charlotte! Dr. Potochnick’s research examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant youth. She uses an interdisciplinary perceptive to identify the health and educational needs and resources of immigrant children and families, and to examine the impact national, state, and local-level policies have on their well-being. Current projects examine how federal immigration raids and local-level immigration enforcement policies affect the mental health and school investment decisions of immigrant children at different times in their educational pathway, how pre-migration schooling and parental resources affect children’s post-migration mobility, and how settlement in new immigrant growth areas affects the health of immigrant children.