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Danielle Raudenbush

Associate Professor

Danielle Raudenbush received her B.A. from Vassar College and her PhD from the University of Chicago. Her research centers on questions that are fundamental for understanding the health and well-being of minorities and low-income people in the United States. Her recent work includes a book titled, Health Care Off the Books: Poverty, Illness, and Strategies for Survival in Urban America (University of California Press, February 2020). In it, she uses qualitative methods to examine the health care practices of the urban poor, and specifically the informal network strategies that low-income African Americans develop in attempts to treat health problems when they face barriers to accessing formal health services. This book was winner of the 2020 C. Wright Mills Award and received Honorable Mention by the 2022 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award. Currently, she is working on a project in which she investigates how living in the San Diego, California border region shapes the health care experiences of Mexican immigrants, including how members of this group strategically use health services in Mexico to meet their health care needs and goals. In addition to research on health, Dr. Raudenbush is interested more broadly in questions related to social cohesion among low-income minorities and the role that people’s social relationships play as they cope with material deprivation.


Raudenbush, Danielle T. 2020. Health Care Off the Books: Poverty, Illness, and Strategies for Survival in Urban America. University of California Press

Raudenbush, Danielle T. "'We go to Tijuana to Double Check Everything': The Contemporaneous Use of Health Services in the U.S. and Mexico by Mexican Immigrants in a Border Region." Social Science and Medicine (forthcoming).

Raudenbush, Danielle T. 2016. "'I Stay By Myself': Social Support, Distrust, and Selective Solidarity Among the Urban Poor." Sociological Forum 31(4):1018-1039.

Raudenbush, Danielle T. 2012. "Race and Interactions on Public Transportation: Social Cohesion and the Production of Common Norms and a Collective Black Identity." Symbolic Interaction 35(4):456-473.