Ginny Garcia-Alexander

Mailing Address: 

Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Shipping Address:

Department of Sociology
1721 SW Broadway, #217
Portland, OR 97201

Office Location: Cramer Hall, 217S

Phone: (503) 725-9572
Fax: (503) 725-3957



Curriculum Vita


Interests: social demography, health disparities (with particular emphasis on obesity and bariatric surgery), the role of religion on health outcomes, poverty, immigration, and quantitative methods.

Projects: My research agenda focuses on the examination of health disparities in various racial and ethnic populations, the role of religion on health outcomes (including infant mortality and risky behavior), and the study of obesity and bariatric surgical outcomes.  Ongoing projects include: 1) partnerships with the Oregon Health Authority and Center for Outcomes Research & Education to investigate disparities in health care access, quality, and health outcomes in Oregon's Medicaid population, 2) an investigation of long-term outcomes (e.g. success rates and risk taking) in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery for obesity, and 3) studies of religion's effects on infant mortality at the county level.

Courses taught:

Health Inequalities
Social Demography
Social Statistics
Research Methods