Dr. Mackenzie Brewer, assistant professor of sociology, is a Baylor University alum. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Baylor with a bachelor’s degree in 2011. Dr. Brewer then received her PhD in sociology from Rice University and joined the Baylor sociology department this fall.
Dr. Brewer’s path toward becoming a sociologist began at Baylor. In her freshman year, she realized her interest in the discipline after taking an introduction to sociology course. Through her training as a sociology major, Dr. Brewer realized the power of sociology to examine and address a variety of social inequalities. She decided to pursue graduate studies in sociology in her senior year of college. Although she was initially unsure of how to apply to graduate school, with the help of Dr. Tolbert and other sociology faculty, she successfully applied to sociology PhD programs and accepted an offer from Rice University. Dr. Brewer graduated cum laude from Baylor and was named one of the department’s outstanding senior sociology majors.
At Rice University, Dr. Brewer developed an interest in studying the social and economic causes of health disparities. She became especially interested in understanding how social stratification sets children on diverging health trajectories early in the life course. Her published research includes studies on neighborhood context and childhood asthma and risk factors associated with physical inactivity among young children. During her graduate studies, she also received a grant to examine how family and community characteristics predict food insecurity among American families.
Dr. Brewer remains passionate about child health. Her current research focuses on the economic causes of food insecurity among families in the United States. She is also working on several projects that explore how debt, including credit card debt and unpaid medical bills, influence child and family well-being. Dr. Brewer is passionate about using sociological research to address social inequalities and create healthier environments for all members of society. In addition to research, she is excited about teaching and mentoring students. Dr. Brewer knows the importance of positive mentorship from her own experience as a student at Baylor. She looks forward to training future sociologist and helping students make a successful transition from college to a career.
In her free time, Dr. Brewer enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and reading fiction novels. She is also an avid soccer fan and enjoys cheering on Liverpool and playing soccer with her husband, Mauricio.