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Ackert's research focuses on racial/ethnic inequality, immigration, education, health disparities, and neighborhoods and communities. Overarching themes in Ackert's writings include documenting exposure of racial/ethnic and immigrant groups to different school, neighborhood, and community contexts, and variation in their outcomes across these contexts. Ackert is an affiliate of the UCSB Broom Center for Demography, is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocate for the undergraduate program in her department, and is a member of the UCSB Geography, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group.
Shows that racial/ethnic differences in distance to kin and kin neighborhood disadvantage partially explain why Black and Latino/a individuals are less likely than Whites to move out of poor neighborhoods.
Describes how in new Latino/a destinations, Mexican-origin children, especially those whose parents are immigrant newcomers, are less likely to be enrolled in early childhood education relative to similar children living in established Latino/a destinations.
Looks at differences in health resources across the U.S. communities where Latinos/as live. Results show that "established" Latino/a communities have more health care shortages, but "new" Latino/a destinations have fewer of the safety net health services that immigrant communities are most likely to utilize.