Claire Altman

Claire Altman


Associate Professor

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Research Summary

Dr. Altman is a social demographer who focuses on population health and immigrant well-being.

Educational background

  • Post Doc – Rice University, Department of Sociology
  • Ph.D. – Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. – Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. – Sociology and Geography, The University of Texas at Austin

Courses taught

  • Introduction to the Research Process and Evidence Base
  • Health Care in the U.S.
  • Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs II

Research interests

  • International Migration
  • Immigrant Integration
  • Population Health and Health Disparities

Research statement

Dr. Altman is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri with appointments in the Department of Health Sciences and the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs. As a social demographer her work broadly focuses on population health and immigrant well-being. Her current research examines the role of legal status and policies on the health and well-being of immigrants and their children.

Active grants

  • University of Missouri Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant (2019-2020)
  • University of Missouri Research Council Grant (2019 – 2020)
  • University of Missouri Population, Education and Health Center’s (PEHC) Small Grant Award (2017 – 2019)

Selected publications

  • Altman, Claire E., James Bachmeier, Cody Spence, and Christal Hamilton. Forthcoming. “Sick Days: Logical versus Survey Identification of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States.” International Migration Review.
  • Altman, Claire E., Molly Dondero, Colleen Heflin, and Dashiell Nusbaum*. 2021. “Current and Future Food Insufficiency during Covid-19: Examining Disparities by Race/Ethnicity and Recent Work Loss.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
  • Altman, Claire E. and James D. Bachmeier. 2021. “The Weight of Being Unauthorized? Legal Status Variation in the Association between US Exposure and Obesity among Hispanic Immigrants in Los Angeles.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 23:936-945 doi:
  • Altman, Claire E., Cody Spence, Christal Hamilton and James Bachmeier. 2020. “Health Insurance Coverage: Logical versus Survey Identification of the Foreign-Born.”. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 23(3): 606-614 doi: 10.1007/s10903-020-01045-y
  • Altman, Claire E., Colleen Heflin, Chaegyung Jun, and James D. Bachmeier. 2020. “The Economic Well-being of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States: Evidence from the 1996-2008 SIPP.” Population Research and Policy Review. doi: 10.1007/s11113-020-09588-6
  • Spence, Cody, James D. Bachmeier, Claire E. Altman, and Christal Hamilton. 2020. “The Association Between Legal Status and Poverty Among Immigrants: A Methodological Caution.” Demography.
  • Dondero, Molly and Claire E. Altman. 2020. “Immigration Policies as Health Policies: State Immigration Policy Climates and Health Provider Visits among U.S. Immigrants.” SSM-Population Health 10. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100559
  • Altman, Claire E., Colleen Heflin, and Hannah Akanksha Patnaik. 2020. “Disability, Food Insecurity by Nativity, Citizenship, and Duration.” SSM-Population Health. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100550

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Dec. 14, 2020

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