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Department of Sociology Zamora-Kapoor, Anna
Assistant Research Scientist
(starting Fall 2017)



2006  BA in Sociology, Licenciatura en Sociología, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain
2008  MA in Sociology, Columbia University, New York, NY
2009  MPhil in Sociology, Columbia University, New York, NY
2013  PhD in Sociology, Columbia University, New York, NY   —  Dissertation: Structural Explanation for Anti-Immigrant Sentiment: Evidence from Belgium and Spain. Advisor: Saskia Sassen.   * 2014 Honorable mention, American Political Science Association, best dissertation in Migration and Citizenship.


Race and ethnicity, international migration, health disparities, adolescent health, American Indian and Alaska Native health, Hispanic/Latino health.


My research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, international migration, social determinants of health, and health disparities. My long-term goal is to use the tools I acquired while studying sociology to understand the inequitable distribution of health outcomes and inform future interventions. I am currently examining the most important risk and protective factors for type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native youth; the role of birth facilities in breastfeeding initiation outcomes and its disparities in Washington State; and the cost-effectiveness of outdoor preschools and their potential contribution to obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention efforts.


Zamora-Kapoor A, Walker L. Excessive gestational weight gain in adolescent and adult pregnancies: An overlooked public health problem. Journal of Pediatrics, 2015; 167(3):515-7. PMID: 26165441

Zamora-Kapoor A, Nelson L, Buchwald D. Maternal correlates of body mass index in American Indian/Alaska Native and White adolescents: Differences between mother/son and mother/daughter pairs. Eating Behaviors, 2016; 20:43-47. PMID: 26643590

Zamora-Kapoor A, Nelson L, Barbosa-Leiker C, Comtois K, Walker L, Buchwald D. Suicidal ideation in American Indian/Alaska Native and White adolescents: The role of social isolation, exposure to suicide, and overweight. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 2016; 23(4):86-100. PMID: 27536899

Zamora-Kapoor A, Nelson L, Buchwald D, Walker L, Mueller B. Pre-eclampsia in American Indians/Alaska Natives and Whites: The significance of body mass index. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2016; 20(11):2233-2238. PMID: 27461024

Zamora-Kapoor A, Moreno J, Schain M. Race and ethnicity in context: International migration, political mobilization and the welfare state. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2017; 40(3):353-368.

Zamora-Kapoor A, Omidpanah A, Nelson L, Kuo A, Harris R, Buchwald D. Breastfeeding in infancy is associated with body mass index in adolescence: A retrospective cohort study comparing American Indians/Alaska Natives and Non-Hispanic Whites. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017, S2212-2672; (16)3: 1448-4. PMID: 28082060




Phone: 206.708.8624

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