Dr. Isabel Ayala's Research Published in Women, Gender, and Families of Color

Congratulations to Dr. Isabel Ayala on the publication of her research in Women, Gender and Families of Color!

Her abstract is as follows: This study assesses whether Latinas’ ethnic and racial self-identification can predict their number of “children ever born” (CEB) after controlling for cultural, socioeconomic, and demographic factors. Analyzed together, these factors measure the role that existing racial/ethnic structures have on the experiences of Latino subgroups. I pool data from the Fertility Supplement of the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) Current Population Survey. Following a series of zero-inflated Poisson regressions and controlling for cultural, socioeconomic, and demographic factors, women who ethnically self-identify as Mexican, Puerto Rican, or Central American have more CEB than women who self-identify as Cuban. Simultaneously, Latinas who racially self-identify as white have fewer CEB than nonwhite Latinas. I propose that the different racialized experiences of these groups can help explain these patterns. Moreover, I argue that the results provide empirical evidence of the multicausal explanations for intra-Latina fertility behavior.

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