Scott R. Sanders

Associate Professor of Sociology, Brigham Young University
Chapter Member: Utah SSN
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About Scott

Sanders’ research helps identify barriers effecting the economic development and physical wellbeing of rural populations. Focusing on topics such as poverty, migration and health care, his research seeks to identify how sociological and demographic changes produce both the winners and losers, and how policies can be created to help improve economic and physical wellbeing across all areas and populations.

In the News

Opinion: "Working Poverty is a Widespread but Under-analyzed and Poorly-measured Problem in the U.S.," Scott R. Sanders (with Brian Thiede and Daniel T. Lichter), LSE American Politics & Policy Blog, September 24, 2015.
Quoted by Scottie Lee Meyers in "Study Finds Most of America's Poor Have Jobs," Wisconsin Public Radio, September 10, 2015.
Research discussed by "Most of America's Poor Have Jobs, Study Finds," EurekAlert, June 25, 2015.
Research discussed by H. Roger Segelken, in "Newborn in the U.S.A., 'Well behind the Starting Line'," Cornell Chronicle, May 12, 2015.


"Rural Health Care Bypass Behavior: How Community and Spatial Characteristics Affect Primary Health Care Selection" (with Lance D. Erickson, Vaughn RA Call, Matthew L. McKnight, and Dawson W. Hedges). The Journal of Rural Health (forthcoming).
Argues that rural healthcare selection is based on more than just the perceived quality of local healthcare. Discusses how convenience associated with shopping in larger neighboring communities is pushing rural residents to bypass local healthcare options, which contributes to the closure of rural healthcare clinic and to the creation of healthcare deserts.
"Hispanics at the Starting Line: Poverty among Newborn Infants in Established Gateways and New Destinations" (with Daniel T. Lichter and Kenneth M. Johnson). Social Forces (2015): 1-27.
Argues that newborn Hispanic infants often start life well behind the starting line, living in fast-growing boom towns where they may never catch up. Discusses how failing to invest in families and children now has long-term implications that are likely to be revealed when today’s disadvantaged newborns take their place (or not) in the adult world.