My research has focused 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. Through various studies of immigration, population diversification and concentrated poverty, I have documented social arrangements and life course trajectories that both perpetuate and reshape socioeconomic inequality. I recently completed a decade-long study about the effectiveness of social policy in broadening access to higher education. Currently I am developing two research initiatives about age and immigration. One is a comparative study of child migration in traditional and new immigrant nations; the second focuses on late-age immigration to the United States.
Alon, Sigal, Thurston Domina and Marta Tienda. 2010. “Stymied Mobility or Temporary Lull? The Puzzle of Lagging Hispanic College Degree Attainment.”Social Forces, 88(4): 1807-1832.
Niu, Sunny X. and Marta Tienda. 2010. “The Impact of the Texas Top 10% Law on College Enrollment: A Regression Discontinuity Approach.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29(1): 84-110.
Fletcher, Jason M. and Marta Tienda. 2009. “High School Classmates and College Success.” Sociology of Education, 82(4):287-314.
Alon, Sigal and Marta Tienda. 2007. “Diversity, Opportunity and the Shifting Meritocracy in Higher Education.” American Sociological Review, 72(4):487-511.
Tienda, Marta and Faith Mitchell (editors) 2006. Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.
Tienda, Marta. 2002. “Demography and the Social Contract.” Demography, 39(4): 587-616.