- Ph.D., University of Texas, 1996
Research and Teaching Interests
Immigration (Health and Well-being of Children of Immigrants, Assimilation and Integration of Immigrants; Unauthorized Migration, Indirect Estimation Techniques of Migration Flows); Social Demography; Demographic Techniques; Household/Family Structure; Health
Penn State Courses
- Population and Policy Issues (Sociology 023)
- Event History Analysis (Sociology 577)
- Sociology of Immigration (Sociology 496)
Research Grants (Active)
- National Science Foundation. “Pennsylvania State University Census Research Data Center”
- National Institutes of Health. “Population Research Institute Infrastructure Support”
(*graduate student co-author)
- Amato, P. R., Booth, A., McHale, S. M., & Van Hook, J. (Eds.). (2015). Families in an Era of Increasing Inequality: Diverging Destinies. New York: Springer.
Referred Journal Articles
- Martin, Molly A., Jennifer Van Hook, and Susana Quiros*. Forthcoming. “Is Socioeconomic Incorporation Associated with a Healthier Diet? Dietary Patterns among Mexican-origin Children in the United States.” Social Science and Medicine.
- Altman, Claire E., Jennifer Van Hook, and Marianne Hillemeier. Forthcoming. “What does self-rated health mean? Changes and variations in the association of obesity with objective and subjective components of self-rated health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
- Altman, Claire E., Jennifer Van Hook, and Jonathan Gonzalez*. Forthcoming. “Becoming Overweight Without Gaining a Pound: Weight Evaluations and the Social Integration of Mexicans in the United States.” International Migration Review.
- Zhou*, Nan, Charrisa Cheah, Jennifer Van Hook, Darcy A. Thompson, Shelby S. Jones. Forthcoming. “A Cultural Understanding of Chinese Immigrant Mothers' Feeding Practices: A Qualitative Study”. Appetite.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, James D. Bachmeier, Donna Coffman, and Ofer Harel. 2015. “Can We Spin Straw Into Gold? An Evaluation of Immigrant Legal Status Imputation Approaches”. Demography 52(1): 329-354.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Susana Quiros*, and Michelle Frisco. 2015. “The Food Similarity Index: A Dimension of Dietary Acculturation Based on Dietary Recall Data”. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17(2): 441-449 (PMCID: PMC4378569)
- Bachmeier, James D., Jennifer Van Hook, and Frank D. Bean. 2014. “Can We Measure Immigrants’ Legal Status? Lessons from Two U.S. Surveys.” International Migration Review 48(2), 538-566.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Frank D. Bean, James D. Bachmeier, and Catherine Tucker*. 2014. “Recent Trends in Coverage of the Mexican-Born Population of the United States: Results from Applying Multiple Methods Across Time.” Demography 51(2): 699-726. (PMCID: PMC24570373)
- Gubernskaya, Zoya, Frank D. Bean, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2013. “(Un)Healthy Immigrant Citizens: Naturalization and Activity Limitations in Older Age” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 54(4): 427-443. (PMCID: PMC3969823)
- Van Hook, Jennifer, and James D. Bachmeier. 2013. “How Well Does the American Community Survey Count Naturalized Citizens?” Demographic Research 29(1), 1-32. (PMCID: PMC3783022)
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Claire E. Altman*. 2013. “Using Discrete-time Event History Fertility Models to Simulate Total Fertility Rates and Other Fertility Measures.” Population Research and Policy Review 32(4), 585-610. (PMCID: PMC3734869)
- Tucker, Catherine*, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2013. “Surplus Chinese Men: Demographic Determinants of the Sex Ratio at Marriageable Ages in China.” Population and Development Review 39(2): 209-230. (PMCID: PMC3734869)
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Claire Altman*, and Kelly Balistreri. 2013. “Global Patterns in Overweight Among Children and Mothers in Less Developed Countries.” Public Health Nutrition 16(4): 573-581. (PMCID: PMC3422412)
- Cheah, Charissa and Jennifer Van Hook. 2012. “Chinese and Korean Immigrants' Early Life Deprivation: An Important Factor for Child Feeding Practices and Children's Body Weight in the United States.” Social Science and Medicine 74(5): 744–752. (PMCID: PMC22265872)
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Elizabeth Baker, Claire E. Altman*, and Michelle Frisco. 2012. “Canaries in a Coalmine: Immigration and Obesity among Mexican-origin Children.” Social Science and Medicine 74(2): 125–134. (PMCID: PMC3259272)
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Claire Altman*. 2012. “Competitive Food Sales in Schools and Childhood Obesity: A Longitudinal Study.” Sociology of Education 85(1): 23-39. (PMCID: PMC3352595)
- Glick, Jennifer E. and Jennifer Van Hook. 2011. “Does a house divided stand? Kinship and continuity of shared living arrangements.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 73(5): 1149–1164. (PMCID: PMC3258516)
- Scheitle, Chris, Jenn Buher-Kane*, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2011. “Demographic Imperatives and Religious Markets: Considering the Individual and Interactive Roles of Fertility and Switching in Group Growth.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50(3): 470-482. (PMCID: PMC3267579)
- Balistreri, Kelly Stamper and Jennifer Van Hook. 2011. “Trajectories of Overweight among US School Children: A focus on social and economic characteristics.” Maternal and Child Health Journal 15(5): 610-619. (PMCID: PMC3193986)
- Landale, Nancy S., Kevin J. A. Thomas, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2011. “The Living Arrangements of Children of Immigrants.” The Future of Children 21(1): 43-70. (PMCID: PMC3241619)
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Weiwei Zhang*. 2011. “Who Stays? Who Goes? Selective Emigration Among the Foreign Born.” Population Research and Policy Review 30(1): 1-24. (PMCID: PMC3367327)
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Elizabeth Baker*. 2010. “Big Boys, Little Girls: Gender, Acculturation, and Weight among Young Children of Immigrants.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51: 200-214. (PMCID: PMC3245318)
- Balistreri, Kelly S. and Jennifer Van Hook. 2009. “Socioeconomic Status and Body Mass Index Among Hispanic Children of Immigrants and Children of Natives.” American Journal of Public Health 99(12): 2238-2246. (PMCID: PMC2775779)
- Zhang*, Yuanting and Jennifer Van Hook. 2009. “Marital Dissolution among Interracial Couples.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 71: 95-107. (PMCID: PMC4183451)
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Frank D. Bean. 2009. “Explaining Mexican-Immigrant Welfare Behaviors: The Importance of Employment Related Cultural Repertoires.” American Sociological Review 74(3): 423-444. (PMCID: PMC3906684)
- Bean, Frank D., Cynthia Feliciano, Jennifer Lee, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2009. “The New U.S. Immigrants: How do they affect our Understanding of the African-American Experience?” The Annals 621: 202 – 220. (PMCID: PMC3244721)
- Baker*, Elizabeth, Kelly S. Balistreri, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2009. “Maternal Employment and Overweight among Hispanic Children of Immigrants and Children of Natives.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 11(3): 158-167 (PMCID: PMC3305809).
- Buelow*, Victoria and Jennifer Van Hook. 2008. “Timely Immunization Series Completion Among Children of Immigrants.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 10(1): 37-44 (PMCID: PMC3298969).
- Brown, Susan L., Jennifer Van Hook, and Jennifer E. Glick. 2008. "Generational Differences in Cohabitation and Marriage in the U.S." Population Research and Policy Review 27(5): 531-550. (PMCID: PMC3242441)
- Van Hook, Jennifer, and Jennifer E. Glick. 2007. “Immigration and Living Arrangements: Moving Beyond Economic Need Versus Acculturation.” Demography 44(2): 225-249.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, and Jason Snyder*. 2007. “Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Loss of White Students From California Public Schools, 1990-2000.” Population Research and Policy Review 26: 259-277.
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Kelly S. Balistreri*. 2007. “Immigrant Generation, Socioeconomic Status, and Economic Development of Countries of Origin: A Longitudinal Study of BMI among Children.” Social Science and Medicine 65: 976-989.
- Ryabov*, Igor K. and Jennifer Van Hook. 2007. “School Segregation and Academic Achievement among Hispanic Adolescents.” Social Science Research 36(2): 767-788.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Weiwei Zhang*, Frank D. Bean, and Jeffrey Passel. 2006. “Foreign-born Emigration: A New Approach and Estimates Based on Matched CPS Files.” Demography 43(2): 361-382.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Susan K. Brown, and Frank D. Bean. 2006. “For Love or Money? Welfare Reform and Immigrant Naturalization.” Social Forces 85(2): 643-666.
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Kelly Stamper Balistreri*. 2006. “Ineligible Parents, Eligible Children: Food Stamps Receipt, Allotments and Food Insecurity among Children of Immigrants.” Social Science Research 35(1): 228-251.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Susan L. Brown, and Maxwell Kwenda*. 2004. “A Decomposition of Trends in Poverty Among Children of Immigrants.” Demography 41(4): 649-670.
- Balistreri*, Kelly and Jennifer Van Hook. 2004. “The more things change the more they stay the same: Mexican Naturalization Before and After Welfare Reform.” International Migration Review 38(Spring): 113-130.
- Van Hook, Jennifer. 2003. “Welfare Reform’s Chilling Effects on Non-citizens: Changes in Non-citizen Recipiency or Shifts in Citizenship Status?” Social Science Quarterly 84(3): 613-631.
- Van Hook, Jennifer. 2002. “Immigration and African American Educational Opportunity: The Transformation of Minority Schools” Sociology of Education 75(2): 169-189.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, and Kelly Balistreri*. 2002. “Diversity and Change in the Institutional Context of Immigrant Adaptation: California Schools 1985-2000.” Demography 39(4): 639-654.
- Glick, Jennifer E. and Jennifer Van Hook. 2002. “Parents’ Coresidence with Adult Children: Can Immigration Explain Racial and Ethnic Variation?” Journal of Marriage and the Family 64: 240-253.
- Bean, Frank D., Rodolfo Corona, Rodolfo Tuiran, Karen Woodrow-Lafield, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2001. “Circular, Invisible, and Ambiguous Migrants: Components of Difference in Estimates of the Number of Unauthorized Mexican Migrants in the United States.” Demography 38(3): 411-422.
- Van Hook, Jennifer. 2000. “SSI Eligibility and Participation Among Elderly Naturalized Citizens and Noncitizens,” Social Science Research 29: 51-69.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Jennifer E. Glick, and Frank D. Bean. 1999. “Public Assistance Receipt among Immigrants and Natives: How the Unit of Analysis Affects Research Findings,” Demography 36(1): 111-120.
- 2007. Reprinted in Diane Kholos Wysocki (ed.), Readings in Social Research Methods, third edition. Stamford, CT: Wadsworth Group.
- 2001. Reprinted pp. 84-98 in Diane Kholos Wysocki (ed.), Readings in Social Research Methods. Stamford, CT: Wadsworth Group.
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Frank D. Bean. 1999. “The Growth in Noncitizen SSI Caseloads 1979-1996: Aging Versus New Immigrant Effects,” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 54(1): S16-S23.
- Glick, Jennifer E., Frank D. Bean, and Jennifer V.W. Van Hook. 1997. “Immigration and Changing Patterns of Extended Family Household Structure in the United Status: 1970-1990,” Journal of Marriage and the Family 59 (February): 177-191.
- Bean, Frank D., Robert G. Cushing, Charles Haynes, and Jennifer V.W. Van Hook. 1997. “Immigration and the Social Contract,” Social Science Quarterly 78(2): 249-268.
- 1999. Reprinted in C. Zelinsky (ed.), Readings: Racial and Ethnic Groups in America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
- 1999. Reprinted in C. Ellison and A. Martin (eds.), Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States: Readings for the 21st Century. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company.
- Bean, Frank D., Jennifer V.W. Van Hook and Jennifer E. Glick. 1997. “Country of Origin, Type of Public Assistance and Patterns of Welfare Recipiency Among U.S. Immigrants and Natives,” Social Science Quarterly 78(2): 432-451.
- Van Hook, Jennifer V.W., Frank D. Bean and Jennifer E. Glick. 1996. “The Development and Assessment of Census-Based Measures of AFDC and SSI Recipiency,” Journal of Economic and Social Measurement 22(1): 1-23.
- Bean, Frank D., Ruth R. Berg, and Jennifer V. W. Van Hook. 1996. “Socioeconomic and Cultural Incorporation and Marital Disruption Among Mexican Americans,” Social Forces 75(2): 593-617.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Nancy S. Landale, and Marianne M. Hillemeier. 2013. Is the United States Bad for Children’s Health? Risk and Resilience Among Young Children of Immigrants. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.
- Bean, Frank D, Brown, Susan K, Leach, Mark A, Bachmeier, James D, & Van Hook, Jennifer. 2013. Unauthorized Mexican Migration and the Socioeconomic Integration of Mexican Americans: research report, US2010: Discover America in a New Century, Russell Sage Foundation.
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Michael Fix. 2011. “The Demographic Impacts of Repealing Birthright Citizenship.” Pp. 173-186 in Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country, Volume 1, edited by Deborah Robinson and Mona Parsa. Robinson Omnimedia Publishing & Studios.
- Van Hook, Jennifer. 2010. "Structure and Acculturation: Explaining Outcomes for Children in Mexican American Families " pp. 145-154 in Growing up Hispanic: Health and Development of Children of Immigrants, edited by Nancy S. Landale, Susan M. McHale, and Alan Booth. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press.
- Van Hook, Jennifer, Elizabeth Baker*, and Claire Altman*. 2009. “Does it begin at school or home? The institutional origins of overweight among young children of immigrants.” Pp. 205-224 in Immigration, Diversity, and Education, edited by Elena L. Grigorenko and Ruby Takanishi. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Frank D. Bean. 2009. “Immigrant Welfare Receipt: Implications for Immigrant Settlement and Integration.” Pp. 93-122 in Immigrants and Welfare: The Impact of Welfare Reform on America’s Newcomers, Michael Fix and Kirin Kalia (eds.). Russell Sage Foundation: New York.
- Glick, Jennifer E. and Jennifer Van Hook. 2008. “Through Children’s Eyes: Families and Households of Latino Children in the United States,” pp. 72-86 in Latinos/as in the United States: Changing the Face of América, edited by Havidán Rodríguez and Cecilia Menjivar. New York: Springer.
- Bean, Frank D., Gillian Stevens, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2003. “Immigration and Immigrant Welfare Receipt.” In Frank D. Bean and Gillian Stevens, Americas Newcomers and the Dynamics of Diversity. New York: Russell Sage and ASA Arnold Rose Monograph Series. (winner of the American Sociological Association’s 2003 Otis Dudley Duncan book award)
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Michael Fix. 2000. “A Profile of the Immigrant Student Population.” Pp. 9-33 in Jorge Ruiz DeVelasco, Michael Fix and Toni Clewell (eds.), Overlooked and Underserved: Immigrant Children in U.S. Secondary Schools. The Urban Institute Press: Washington, D.C.
- Bean, Frank D., Jennifer Van Hook and Mark Fossett. 1999. “Immigration, Spatial and Economic Change, and African American Employment,” pp. 31-63 in Frank D. Bean and Stephanie Bell-Rose (eds.), Immigration and Opportunity: Race, Ethnicity, and Employment in the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- Glick, Jennifer E. and Jennifer Van Hook. 1998. “The Mexican Origin Population of the United States in the Twentieth Century,” pp. 571-586 in Migration Between Mexico and the United States, Research Reports and Background Materials, Mexico City and Washington, D.C.: Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Frank D. Bean. 1998. “Estimating Unauthorized Migration to the United States: Issues and Results,” pp. 511-550 in Migration Between Mexico and the United States, Research Reports and Background Materials, Mexico City and Washington, D.C.: Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.
- Van Hook, Jennifer and Frank D. Bean. 1998. “Estimating Underenumeration among Unauthorized Mexican Migrants to the United States: Applications of Mortality Analyses,” pp. 551-570 in Migration Between Mexico and the United States, Research Reports and Background Materials, Mexico City and Washington, D.C.: Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.
- Van Hook, Jennifer V. W. and Frank D. Bean. 1998. “Welfare Reform and SSI Receipt among Immigrants in the United States,” pp. 139-158 in H. Kurthen, J. Fijalkowski, and G. Wagner (eds.), Immigration, Citizenship, and the Welfare State. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
- Van Hook, Jennifer. 2003. “Easier Said Than Done: A Review of Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines.” Journal of American Ethnic History 22(3): 92-93.
International immigration, immigrant health, living arrangements
- The Quantitative Methods Specialization in Sociology:
Event history models, applied demography methods