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Kimberly R. Huyser

Assistant Professor

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SSCI 1084

Curriculum vitae


University of Texas at Austin, TX PhD 2010

Research Interests

Sociology of Health and Medicine , Race and Ethnicity

Sociology and Demography of American Indians



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. in 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 research focuses on the sociology and demography of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), and it speaks to the sociological literatures on race, health, and inequality.

 Broadly speaking, Huyser’s research strives to understand how resources influence social stratification, communities, attitudes, and behaviors through advancing a contemporary portrait of AI/ANs.  Her research focus on AI/ANs provides invaluable insight into the role of resources as key to social and health-related outcomes. AI/ANs often have lower socioeconomic status, live in rural areas, and have lower rates of health insurance. As a social group, AI/ANs provide ideal case studies for examining the role of resources on social life. Notably, research in this area can elucidate social determinants to health problems faced by AI/ANs.  

Recent/Select Publications:

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. (DOI:10.1080/21565503.2016.1148058).

Sheehan, Connor M., Robert A. Hummer, Brenda L. Moore, Kimberly R. Huyser, and John S. Butler. 2015. “Duty, Honor, Country, Disparity: Race/Ethnic Differences in Self-Rated Health and Disability among Veterans.” Population Research and Policy Review. 34(6): 785-804. (DOI: 10.1007/s11113-015-9358-9).

Huyser, Kimberly R., Spero M. Manson, Lonnie A. Nelson, Carolyn Noonan, Yvette Roubideaux, and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians Healthy Heart Demonstration Project. 2015. “Psychological Distress and Diabetes Management among American Indians and Alaska Natives.” Ethnicity and Disease. 25: 145-147. (PMID: 26118140)

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. (DOI: 10.1007/s12552-013-9110-1).

Huyser, Kimberly R., Jillian Medeiros Pérez2, Vickie Ybarra, 3 Julia Marin Hellwege, 4 and Lisa Sanchez.5 “Differential Influence of the Great Recession on Political Participation among Race and Ethnic Groups.”  Social Science Quarterly; (Date of Acceptance:  September 2014).