Marta Tienda

Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, Emeritus
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Emeritus
Office Phone
247 Wallace Hall

Ph.D. Sociology
University of Texas, Austin, 1977


Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs emerita, and is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University.  She is president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, past president of the Population Association of America, served as chair of the NRC Panel on Hispanics, and served on the NRC panel on the Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration.  Currently she serves as an independent trustee of the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), the Urban Institute, the Holdsworth Center for Excellence in Education, and the Robin Hood Foundation. Her research focuses 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. 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.