Elizabeth S. Ackert

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

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Ackert’s research focuses on how the places where Mexican immigrants live influence the educational outcomes of Mexican origin youth. Her recent work examines how living in a “new” immigrant destination affects the likelihood of school non-enrollment among Mexican origin young adults. Her work draws from the areas of sociology, demography, and education. Ackert is a recipient of a pre-doctoral funding grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES). IES emphasizes research-based approaches to education reform, and provides resources for fostering partnerships between researchers and the education sector.


"Beyond Typologies: A Multilevel Approach to Understanding the Impact of Destinations on Immigrant Outcomes," Population Association of America, May 2012.
Shows how school dropout rates vary substantially among Mexican origin students by state of residence. Explanations for this variation include nativity and duration of residence, but also the quality of the education system in the state, as indicated by the percent of non-Latino whites that are not enrolled in school.
"Downward Assimilation in the New Destinations? The Determinants of Non-enrollment among Mexican Origin 15-17 year-olds in New and Traditional Immigrant Gateways," Population Association of America, April 2011.
Examines the finding that Mexican origin youth living in “new destinations” have higher school non-enrollment gaps with non-Latino whites than those in “traditional destinations.” For both populations, though, school non-enrollment gaps with non-Latino whites are explained by individual and household factors related to broad patterns of inequality, such as nativity, duration of residence, and parental education.