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Kimberly R. Huyser

Assistant Professor

Photo: Kimberly  Huyser
SSCI 1084

Curriculum vitae


PhD, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, TX (2010)

Research Interests

Sociology of Health and Medicine , Race and Ethnicity

Sociology and Demography of American Indians

Research Statement:

Dr. Kimberly R. Huyser is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. She received her BA from Calvin College in 2003 and her Ph.D. - Sociology in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin with an Indigenous Studies Graduate Portfolio and a traineeship from the Population Research Center at UT, Austin. Her scholarship combines medical sociology and the sociology of race and ethnicity.

The central intellectual motivation driving her research agenda is to gain a deeper understanding of the social conditions that undermine health, as well as to identify the cultural and social resources leveraged by racial and ethnic groups in the United States in order to further their individual and collective health and well-being. Dr. Huyser’s research focuses specifically on American Indian and Alaska Native peoples (AIANs), a population that has been instrumental in the formation of the U.S. and U.S. culture. AIANs are the original peoples to the continent and are the only racial/ethnic minority explicitly mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. However, as a result of historic and current marginalization, AIANs have fewer socioeconomic resources than other groups, they live disproportionately in rural areas, and are far less likely to have health insurance. AIANs provide ideal case studies for examining the historical, political, and social conditions that structure educational, occupational, and other factors that affect health and well-being. Her current and future research contributes to our understanding of the social determinants of health problems faced by AIAN peoples and it furthers our comprehension of the social mechanisms that undergird population health.

Recent/Select Publications:

Huyser, Kimberly R., Jillian Medeiros Pérez, Vickie Ybarra, Julia Marin Hellwege, and Lisa Sanchez. 2017. "Differential Influence of the Great Recession on Political Participation among Race and Ethnic Groups," Social Science Quarterly.

Huyser, Kimberly R. 2017. “A ‘Real’ American Indian,” Contexts 16(1): 69-71.

Jernigan, Valarie Blue Bird, Kimberly R. Huyser, Jimmy Valdes, and Vanessa Watts Simonds. 2017.  “Food Insecurity among American Indians and Alaska Natives: A National Profile using the Current Population Survey - Food Security Supplement,” Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 12(1): 1-10.

Huyser, Kimberly R., Gabriel R. Sanchez, and Edward D. Vargas. 2016. “Civic Engagement and Political Participation among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States,” Politics, Groups and Identities: 1-18.

Huyser, Kimberly R., Isao Takei, and Arthur Sakamoto. 2014. "Demographic Factors associated with Poverty among American Indians and Alaska Natives," Race and Social Problems 6(2):120-34.


Sociological Data Analysis

Sociology of Medical Practice

Sociology of Native Americans

Medical Sociology & Health Policy (Graduate)