Marta Tienda

Member Since: 2015

Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she directed the Office of Population Research from 1998 – 2002. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 1997, Tienda held appointments at the University of Chicago, where she served as chair of the Department of Sociology and editor of the American Journal of Sociology, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Tienda is past president of the Population Association of America, and chaired the National Academy of Science panel on Hispanics from 2004 – 2006.

Professor Tienda’s research has focused on the demography of racial and ethnic inequality, social policy, and international migration. She recently completed a decade-long study about equity and access to higher education, and is undertaking research about the lifecycle timing of migration and the wage consequences of literacy among immigrants. She has begun a new research initiative to study the formation of teen romantic relationships using diaries administered on smartphones.

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. 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.

Tienda received a B.A. from Michigan State University (Spanish, 1972) and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin (1976).

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