Rebecca Anna Schut

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Ph.D. Candidate, 2018 CohortPostdoctoral Fellow, The Center for Health and the Social Sciences, The University of Chicago

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Rebecca Schut is a dual Ph.D. student in Demography and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a BA in Health and Societies and a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese. During her undergraduate training, Rebecca worked as a research assistant to Dr. Susan Sorenson at the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse in Relationships, where she coauthored a systematic review on non-fatal gun violence and served as first-author on a study describing the scope, nature, and severity of disputes between parents and their minor children requiring police intervention. After graduating, Rebecca worked in the Department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine where she managed clinical trials on breast and lung cancer screening and management.

Rebecca’s current research interests span the areas of social demography, race/immigration, and health services research, with a particular focus on understanding how structural racism produces racial and nativity inequalities in the structure and delivery of health services. Rebecca’s recent work includes a project that utilized electronic medical record (EMR) data to examine racial/ethnic disparities in provider-patient communication among patients diagnosed with incidental medical findings. She is currently developing a project that explores the practice and geographic outcomes of foreign-trained physicians in the United States. She is also engaged in a project that aims to understand whether state and local immigration policies produce inequalities in healthcare access and health outcomes among immigrant agricultural workers in the United States.


PhD, Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2022

AM, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

BA, Health and Societies, University of Pennsylvania, 2016


Research Interests

Medical sociology; Structural determinants of health; Population studies; Racial stratification; Immigrant incorporation

Selected Publications

Schut, Rebecca Anna. 2022. Disaggregating Inequalities in the Career Outcomes of International Medical Graduates in the United States. Sociology of Health and Illness 44(3): 535-565.

Flippen, Chenoa A. and Rebecca Anna Schut. 2022. Migration and Contraception among Mexican Women: Assessing Selection, Disruption, and Adaptation. Population Research and Policy Review 41(2): 495-520.

Boen, Courtney, Nick Graetz, Hannah Olson, Zohra Ansari-Thomas, Laurin Bixby, Rebecca Anna Schut, and Hedwig Lee. 2022. Early Patterns of Criminal Legal Involvement: Inequalities by Race-Ethnicity, Gender, and Parental Education. Demographic Research 46(5): 131-146.

Schut, Rebecca Anna. 2021. Racial disparities in provider-patient communication of incidental medical findings. Social Science & Medicine 277: 113901.

Schut, Rebecca Anna. 2021. “New White Ethnics” or “New Latinos”? Hispanic/Latino Pan-ethnicity and Ancestry Reporting among South American Immigrants to the United States. International Migration Review 55(4): 1061-1088. 

Schut, Rebecca Anna and Eduardo Jose Mortani Barbosa Jr. 2020. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Follow-Up Adherence for Incidental Pulmonary Nodules: An Application of a Cascade-of-Care Framework. Journal of the American College of Radiology 17(11): 1410-1419. 

Schut, Rebecca Anna, Susan B. Sorenson, and Richard J. Gelles. 2020. Police Response to Violence and Conflict between Parents and their Minor Children. Journal of Family Violence 35(2): 117-129.  

Sorenson, Susan B. and Rebecca Anna Schut. 2018. Nonfatal gun use in intimate partner violence: A systematic review of the literature. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse 19(4): 431-442

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