Reanne Frank, Ph.D.

Reanne Frank is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. Frank received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in sociology, with a specialization in demography. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, she was a National Institute of Child Health and Development postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University.

Research Interests & Projects

Frank’s research focuses on the demography of immigration and race/ethnic inequality. She examines how demographic outcomes are influenced by migration, with specific attention to the flow between Mexico and the United States. Frank believes that a cross-national framework is important to appropriately capture contemporary migration processes and her work shows the utility of such an approach. For example, she has demonstrated the influence of U.S.-bound migration on infant and adult health and mortality in Mexico and upon marital and fertility patterns in both the United States and Mexico.

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Frank, Reanne, Palma, Oswaldo, Rauda, Juan, Olaiz, Gustavo, Díaz Olavarrieta, Claudia, and Acevedo-García, Dolores. (2009) The Relationship between Remittances and Health Care Provision in Mexico. Am J Public Health 99 (7):1227-1231.

Frank, Reanne and Heuveline, Patrick. (2005) “A Crossover in Mexican and Mexican-American Fertility Rates: Evidence and Explanations for an Emerging Paradox. Demographic Research 12:77-103.

Frank, Reanne and Wildsmith Elizabeth. (2005) The Grass Widows of Mexico: Migration and Union Dissolution in a Binational Context Social Forces 83(3):919-948.

Frank, Reanne. (2005) International Migration and Infant Health in Mexico. Journal of Immigrant Health 7(1):11-22.

Frank, R., Pelcastre, B., Salgado de Snyder, V.N., Frisbie, W.P, Potter, J.E and Bronfman, M. (2004) Low Birth Weight in Western Mexico: New Evidence from a Multi-Site Postpartum Hospital Survey. Salud Pública de México 46(1):23-31.

Frank, Reanne and Hummer, Robert A..(2002) The Other Side of the Paradox: the Risk of Low Birth Weight among Infants of Migrant and Nonmigrant Households within Mexico. International Migration Review 36(3):746-765.