Stephanie Potochnick

Stephanie Potochnick
Working Title
Assistant Professor
People Type
229 Middlebush Hall

PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Emphasis

Immigration Policy


Dr. Potochnick’s research examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant youth. She uses an interdisciplinary perceptive to identify the health and educational needs and resources of immigrant children and families, and to examine the impact national, state, and local-level policies have on their well-being. Current projects examine how federal immigration raids and local-level immigration enforcement policies affect the mental health and school investment decisions of immigrant children at different times in their educational pathway, how pre-migration schooling and parental resources affect children’s post-migration mobility, and how settlement in new immigrant growth areas affects the health of immigrant children.

Courses Taught

P_HLTH 7952 Research Methods (MA)

PUB_AF 9170 Policy Theory (PhD)

PUB_AF 8211 Capstone (MA)

PUB_AF 4001/7001 Immigration Policy (MA/BA)

Selected Publications

Potochnick, S. (2018). The academic adaptation of immigrant students with interrupted schooling. American Educational Research Journal, 55(4): 859-892. 

Potochnick, S. & Arteaga, A. (2018). A decade of analysis: Household food insecurity among low-income immigrant children. Journal of Family Issues, 39(2), 527-551.

Potochnick, S., Chen, J., & Perreira, K. (2017). Local-level immigration enforcement and food insecurity risk among Hispanic immigrant families with children: National-level evidence. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(5), 1042-1049.

Potochnick, S. (2016). Reversing welfare reform? Immigrant restoration efforts and food stamp receipt among Mexican immigrant families. Social Science Research, 60, 88-99.

Darolia, R., & Potochnick, S. (2015). Educational ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ implications of in-state resident tuition policies for Latino undocumented immigrants. Review of Higher Education, 38(4), 507-535.  

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