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Marta Tienda

Office of Population Research
247 Wallace Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

What Must Be Equal For Opportunity To Be Equal?

My research has focused on race and ethnic differences in various metrics of social inequality - ranging from poverty and welfare to education and employment - to address how ascribed attributes acquire their social and economic significance. Through various studies of immigration, population diversification and concentrated poverty, I have documented social arrangements and life course trajectories that both perpetuate and reshape socioeconomic inequality. I recently completed a decade-long study about the effectiveness of social policy in broadening access to higher education. Currently I am developing two research initiatives about age and immigration.  One is a comparative study of child migration in traditional and new immigrant nations; the second focuses on late-age immigration to the United States.

Selected Publications: 

Alon, Sigal, Thurston Domina and Marta Tienda. 2010. “Stymied Mobility or Temporary Lull? The Puzzle of Lagging Hispanic College Degree Attainment.”Social Forces, 88(4): 1807-1832.

Niu, Sunny X. and Marta Tienda. 2010. “The Impact of the Texas Top 10% Law on College Enrollment: A Regression Discontinuity Approach.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29(1): 84-110.

Fletcher, Jason M. and Marta Tienda. 2009. “High School Classmates and College Success.” Sociology of Education, 82(4):287-314.

Alon, Sigal and Marta Tienda. 2007. “Diversity, Opportunity and the Shifting Meritocracy in Higher Education.” American Sociological Review, 72(4):487-511.

Tienda, Marta and Faith Mitchell (editors) 2006. Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. 

Tienda, Marta. 2002. “Demography and the Social Contract.” Demography, 39(4): 587-616.