Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she directed the Office of Population Research from 1997 until 2002. She has held appointments at the University of Chicago, where she served as Chair of Sociology, the University of Wisconsin, and Stanford University (as visiting professor). Dr. Tienda is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, past president of the Population Association of America, and a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Princeton Medical Center. Her research interests include ethnic and racial stratification, poverty and social policy, and the sociology of employment and labor markets.
Dr. Tienda is the author, coauthor, and editor of numerous articles and books, including Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies (2006), Hispanics and the Future of America (2006), Africa on the Move (2006), Ethnicity and Causal Mechanisms(edited with Michael Rutter, 2005), Youth in Cities (2002), The Color of Opportunity: Families, Welfare and Work in the Inner City (2001), Divided Opportunities: Minorities, Poverty, and Social Policy (1988), The Hispanic Population of the United States (1987), and Hispanics in the U.S. Economy (1985).
Her awards and honors include: American Dream Legacy Award, AAUW’s Outstanding Scholar Award; fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center; Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies (Tel Aviv, Israel), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; and a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Tienda has served as trustee for several philanthropic organizations, including the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the W. T. Grant Foundation. She serves as a board member of TIAA, Adrenalina Human Sciences Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland, and the Corporation of Brown University. She has served on the board for the RAND Corporation, Princeton HealthCare System, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She chaired the Panel on Hispanics for the National Academy of Science, and was awarded the Outstanding Latina Faculty in Higher Education Award in Research and Teaching from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She was a visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation during the 2006-2007 academic year.
Dr. Tienda received a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Michigan State University (Honors College) (1972) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Texas at Austin (1977).