Marta Tienda

Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies.
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs,
The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
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Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with joint affiliations in the Office of Population Research and The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. From 1997 to 2002, she served as director of the Office of Population Research. She is co-author and co-editor of several books, including The Hispanic Population of the United States (1987), Divided Opportunities (1988), The Color of Opportunity (2001), Youth in Cities (2002). Ethnicity and Causal Mechanisms (2005),Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies (2006), Hispanics and the Future of America (2006), and Africa on the Move (2006). She has published over 200 scholarly papers in academic journals and edited collections, in addition to numerous research bulletins and articles for a lay audience. She holds a BA in Spanish from Michigan State University and a MA and Ph.D., both in Sociology, from the University of Texas at Austin. She received honorary doctorates from The Ohio State University (2002), Lehman College (2003), and Bank Street College (2006). She will receive an honorary doctorate from her alma mater Michigan State University, once in-person activities resume.

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. Currently, I am completing several papers based on an intensive longitudinal study of adolescent romantic relationships.

Publications List: 

Tienda, Marta, and Dawn Koffman. 2020. “Using Paradata to Evaluate Youth Participation in a Digital Diary Study.” Social Science Computer Review.

Goldberg, Rachel, Dawn Koffman and Marta Tienda. 2019.“Using Bi-Weekly

Surveys to Assess Adolescent Relationship Flux:  Lessons from a Mobile Diary Study.” Journal of Research on Adolescence, 29(3), 646-661.

Goldberg, Rachel, Marta Tienda, Michelle Eilers, and Sara McLanahan. 2019. “Adolescent Relationship Quality: Is there an Intergenerational Link?”  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 81(4), 812-829.

Choi, Kate H. and Marta Tienda. 2018. “Intermarriage and the Lifecycle Timing of Migration.” International Migration Review 52(3):929–62.

Tienda, Marta and Linda Zhao. 2017. “Institutional and Ethnic Variations in Postgraduate Enrollment and Completion.” The Journal of Higher Education 88(4):561–92.

Choi, Kate H. and Marta Tienda. 2017. “Boundary Crossing in First Marriage and Remarriage.” Social Science Research 62:305–16.

Goldberg, Rachel E., Marta Tienda, and Alícia Adserà. 2017. “Age at Migration, Family Instability, and Timing of Sexual Onset.” Social Science Research 63(Supplement C):292–307.

Choi, Kate H. and Marta Tienda. 2017. “Marriage-Market Constraints and Mate-Selection Behavior: Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differences in Intermarriage.” Journal of Marriage and Family 79(2):301–17.

Tienda, Marta. 2017. “Multiplying Diversity: Family Unification and the Regional Origins of Late-Age US Immigrants.” International Migration Review 51(3):727–56.