Stephanie Potochnick



Dr. Potochnick is an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Public Health. She joined the Truman School of Public Affairs after earning a PhD in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2012.

Her research examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant youth. She has developed an interdisciplinary perceptive that examines how social, political, and economic constraints influence immigrant assimilation and shape the context of migrant reception. Through her own work and collaborations, she has examined a multitude of factors influencing the academic adaptation and overall health of immigrant youth including: how experiences with discrimination detract from mental health; how daily acculturation experiences affect moods; how educational support systems of new and traditional settlement communities affect academic motivations and achievement; and how the racial composition of schools affects achievement.

Current projects examine how state-level immigration policies affect the school investment decisions of immigrant youth at different times in their educational pathway and how settlement in new immigrant growth areas affects the psychological adaptation and overall health of immigrant youth.


  • PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Publications

  • Household Food Insecurity and Early Childhood Health and Cognitive Development among Children of Immigrants
    Huang, Ying, Stephanie Potochnick, and Colleen Heflin

    Journal of Family Issues.

  • Reversing Welfare Reform? Immigrant Restoration Efforts and Food Stamp Receipt among Mexican Immigrant Families
    Stephanie Potochnick

    Social Science Research 60: 88-99.

  • The Academic Achievement of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Youth in New and Established Immigrant States: Lessons from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
    Spees, Lisa, Stephanie Potochnick, and Krista Perreira

    Education Policy Analysis Archives 24(99)

  • Local-Level Immigration Enforcement and Food Insecurity Risk among Hispanic Immigrant Families with Children: National-Level Evidence
    Potochnick, Stephanie, Jen-Hao Chen, and Krista Perreira

    Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 19(5), 1042-1049.

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