Katherine J. Curtis

Katherine J. Curtis


CESoc/Soc 977 Spatial Data Analysis
Soc/CESoc 578 Poverty and Place

Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology
316B Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Dr.
(608) 890-1900
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4424 Sewell Social Sciences, (608) 263-6292
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Office Hours: by appt only (Spr'19)

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications:
Curtis K, O’Connell H. "Historical Racial Contexts and Contemporary Spatial Differences in Racial Inequality." Spatial Demography. 2016;1-25.

DeWaard J, Curtis K, Fuguitt G. "The ‘New Great Migration’ of Blacks to the US South: Estimating Duration of Residence in the Absence of Retrospective Information.” Demographic Research. 2016; 34:885-898.

DeWaard J, Curtis K, Fussell E. "Stage Migration Within and Through Migration Systems: Implications for Population Recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina." Population and Environment.2015,37 (4):449-463. PMCID: PMC4942146

Katherine J. Curtis, Elizabeth Fussell, and Jack DeWaard. 2015, "Recovery Migration after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Spatial Concentration and Intensification in the Migration system." Demography. 52(4):1269-93. PMCID: PMC4534346.

Elizabeth Fussell, Katherine J. Curtis, and Jack DeWaard. 2014. "Change in the City of New Orleans' Migration System after Hurricane Katrina." Population and Environment 35, DOI 10.1007/s11111-014-0204-5.

Katherine J. Curtis, Perla Reyes, Heather O’Connell, and Jun Zhu. 2013. "Assessing the Spatial Concentration and Temporal Persistence of Poverty: Industrial Structure, Racial/Ethnic Composition, and the Complex Links to Poverty." Spatial Demography 1(2):178-194.

Katherine J. Curtis, Paul R. Voss, and David D. Long. 2012. "Spatial Variation in Poverty-Generating Processes: Child Poverty in the United States." Social Science Research 41(1):146-159.

Katherine J. Curtis and Annemarie Schneider. 2011. "Understanding the demographic implications of climate change: estimates of localized population predictions under future scenarios of sea-level rise." Population and Environment 33(1):28-54.

Katherine J. Curtis and Collin F. Payne. 2010. "The Differential Impact of Mortality of American Troops in the Iraq War: The Non-Metropolitan Dimension." Demographic Research. 23(2):41-62.

Curtis White, Katherine J. 2008. "Population Change and Farm Dependence: Temporal and Spatial Variation in the U.S. Great Plains, 1900-2000." Demography 45(2):363-386.

Katherine J. Curtis White, Kyle D. Crowder, Stewart E. Tolnay, and Robert M. Adelman. 2005. "Race, Gender, and Marriage: Destination Selection during the Great Migration." Demography 42:215-241.

Katherine J. Curtis White. 2005. "Women in the Great Migration: Economic Activity of Black and White Southern-Born Female Migrants in 1920, 1940 and 1970." Social Science History 29:413-455.

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 2003

Departmental Areas of Interest:
Communities and Urban Sociology
Demography and Ecology
Economic Change and Development
Environmental Sociology
Methods and Statistics
Race and Ethnic Studies
Rural Sociology
Social Stratification

Community and Environmental Sociology
Applied Population Laboratory
Center for Demography and Ecology
Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (IGERT)
Environmental Resources Center
Institute for Research on Poverty
North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research
Novel Ecosystems, Rapid Change, and No-Analog Conditions (IGERT)
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Urban and Regional Planning

Research Interest Statement:
Katherine J. Curtis is Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Curtis earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of Washington, where she trained in demography, social stratification, and research methods. She pursued additional training in spatial data analysis in her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology. Curtis' faculty position is partially supported by UW-Extension to pursue applied demographic research. Thus, her work is centered in demography and extends to spatial, rural, and applied demography, and focuses on two central themes: investigating the population dynamics underlying stratification structures; and examining how the spatial and temporal contexts shape processes generating demographic change and associated inequality. Current projects focus on the spatial and temporal dimensions of the relationship between industry and poverty among US places; the implications of environmental events on migration patterns and associated inequality in the United States; and the development of new spatial tools for measuring neighborhood and contextual effects.