About Douglas S. Massey


Douglas S. Massey is Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, having previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is the author most recently of Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System (2007) and Brokered Boundaries: Creating Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times (2010), which he wrote with Magaly Sánchez R. He was Chair of the Department of Sociology, Director of the Population Studies Center, and Chair of the Graduate Group in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Chicago he served as the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, the Director of the Population Research Center, and the Chair of the Committee on Demographic Training.

Currently the President of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Dr. Massey has held numerous fellowships and posts in academic organizations. He is the former President of the American Sociological Association; a Member of the National Academy of Sciences; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a Member of the Sociological Research Association. He has received the Exemplary Alumnus Award from Western Washington University. He is the past President of the Population Association of America; received the Clifford C. Clogg Award from the Population Association of America; and is an Elected Member of the Council of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Massey was the First Vice President of the Population Association of America; a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; received a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; and received the Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Fellowship at Princeton University. He is the author of several books, including Miracles on the Border, for which he received the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association, andAmerican Apartheid, which received a Distinguished Publication Award from the American Sociological Association, the Otis Dudley Duncan Award from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. He has been awarded the Distinguished Career Award, International Migration Section from the American Sociological Association and has won the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population, for his work “From Illegal to Legal: Estimating Previous Illegal Experience Among New Legal Immigrants to the United States.” He has received several grants from the MacArthur Foundation

Professor Massey received a B.A. in Sociology, Psychology, and Spanish from Western Washington University in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 1978.

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