Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Social Sciences - Div - Philosophy, Sociology & Psychology

Research Sponsor

Adrianne Frech

First Reader

Juan Xi

Second Reader

Rebecca Erickson


This paper is going to look at the role that race and socioeconomic status play in infant mortality. While we have made progress, there is still a huge difference between the infant mortality rate for black women than white women and people who have a lower socioeconomic status are much more likely to suffer from infant mortality than people who have a higher socioeconomic status. I used data from outside sources to help create charts that will clearly illustrate the difference in infant mortality rate in regards to race and socioeconomic status. The data will show that African American women are twice as likely as white women to suffer from infant mortality. The data will also show that those who are in a low socioeconomic class are more likely to suffer from infant mortality than those in a high socioeconomic class. I will use this data to discuss why race and socioeconomic status have such a large impact on infant mortality.