Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (vi, 159 pages) : illustrations (some color), color maps.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Nancy A Denton

Committee Members

Glenn D Deane, Richard A Alba, Timothy B Gage


Demography, Genetics, Immigration, Methodology, Segregation, Race, Ethnicity, Migration, Internal, Mexican Americans, Monte Carlo method, Spatial analysis (Statistics)

Subject Categories

Demography, Population, and Ecology | Genetics | Latin American Studies


This dissertation examines topics related to racial and ethnic diversity through three essays. Each essay takes a new perspective on a current issue in the literature and utilizes a unique statistical methodology to address that issue. The first essay uses the Monte Carlo Simulation Method to develop a measure of segregation for the ACS and uses it to assess whether the ACS is useful for measuring segregation in places with different sizes. The second essay considers whether a relatively unexplored factor, genetics, is correlated with migration. This perspective broadens our understanding of why migration occurs and is perpetuated over time. The last essay considers the roles that time and space play in Mexican-born settlement patterns using spatial models and statistics. The use of spatial models allows for more refined tests of spatial hypotheses, which is shown to partially account for trends over the last few decades.