Marta Tienda

Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies. Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

184 Wallace Hall
Cara Carpenito
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  • International Migration
  • Social Demography
  • Inequality


MARTA TIENDA is Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and former director of the Office of Population Research.  Dr. Tienda is past president of the Population Association of America, a former Guggenheim fellow, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Academy of Education. She is an external fellow of the American Institutes for Research.

Professor Tienda has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific papers and chapters about U.S. racial and ethnic inequality, international migration, variations in family structure and reproductive behavior, and access to higher education. Her current research focuses on intermarriage, educational opportunity, and the implications of adolescent romantic relationships for emotional and physical wellbeing.

Currently Dr. Tienda serves as an independent trustee of the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland, and the Robin Hood Foundation. Previously she 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.

Dr. 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). She previously held positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago and has received honorary doctorates from Bank Street College, Ohio State University and Lehman College.