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Marta Tienda

Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During '22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, with joint affiliations in the Office of Population Research and the Woodrow Wilson School. From 1998 to 2002, she served as director of the Office of Population Research and in 2002 served as President of the Population Association of America. She previously held appointments at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Tienda is an independent trustee of the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland. She serves on the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, and is a board member of the Population Reference Bureau. Previously, she has served on the boards of Brown University, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the W. T. Grant Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Professor Tienda 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 more than 200 scholarly papers in academic journals and edited collections, in addition to numerous research bulletins and articles for a lay audience. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Michigan State University and an M.A. and Ph.D., both in sociology, from the University of Texas at Austin. She has received honorary doctorates from The Ohio State University (2002), Lehman College (2003), and Bank Street College (2006).

Her research on race and ethnic differences in various metrics of social inequality—ranging from poverty and welfare to education and employment—addresses how ascribed attributes acquire their social and economic significance. Through studies of immigration, population diversification, and concentrated poverty, she has documented social arrangements and life-course trajectories that both perpetuate and reshape socioeconomic inequality. Currently, she is examining the correlates and consequences of variations in the emergence and evolution of teen relationships.

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Forum 30:

Public Education and the Social Contract in an Age of Diversity and Division

Marta Tienda

Held February 23, 2017

Includes video