Tod G. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Tod Hamilton is a Kellogg Health Scholar Program postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2010. He also holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Research Interests and Projects

The goal of Dr. Hamilton’s current work is to determine whether nativity differences in health among blacks can shed light on the persistent health disparities between blacks and whites in the U.S. Dr. Hamilton is particularly interested in the heath-related implications and research potential arising from increased immigration from the Caribbean and Africa. Between 1960 and 2005, the foreign born share of the entire black population of the United States increased twenty-two fold. These demographic changes mean that black immigrants and their descendants will play an increasingly important role in determining the welfare and health of all blacks in the United States as the population grows. These demographic changes also highlight the need for research that investigates the impact of migration from African and the Caribbean on black/white disparities in the Unites States. Hamilton’s research evaluates: 1) the factors that explain initial differences in health and health trajectories among subgroups of black immigrants within the U.S.; 2) the role that country of origin conditions play in explaining the health of black immigrants; and 3) the factors that explain divergent generational patterns in health among black immigrants in the U.S.

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Hamilton, Tod and Hummer, Robert. “Black Immigration and the Health of U.S. Adults: Does Country of Origin Matter?” (Under review)

Hamilton, Tod. “Labor Market Differences between Black Immigrants and Black Natives in the United States: The Impact of Selective Internal and International Migration.” (Under review)

Butler, John and Hamilton, Tod. “Self-Employment and Generational Status: Re-Specifying the Race and Immigration Model.” (Under review)