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Director, Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center
member of graduate field
other Cornell affiliations
- David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) Faculty Fellow
- Dr. Lichter has published widely on topics in population and public policy, including studies of children's changing living arrangements and poverty, cohabitation and marriage among unwed mothers, and welfare incentive effects on the family. His recent work also has focused on changing ethnoracial boundaries, as measured by changing patterns of interracial marriage and residential segregation in the United States. His other work centers on new destinations of recent immigrants, especially Hispanics moving to less densely-settled rural areas. For example, he has provided the first national estimates of racial residential segregation in Hispanic "boom towns" in the Midwest and South, focusing on the spatial assimilation and economic incorporation of the new immigrants into local communities. As a measure of acculturation, he also is interested in declining patterns of Hispanic fertility in new destinations.
principal investigator on
- CORNELL POPULATION PROGRAM awarded by NATL INST OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, NIH 2008 - 2013
co-principal investigator on
- demography, population studies, poverty, children, population, race and ethnicity, family, inequality, immigration, Hispanics, cohabitation, marriage, Hispanic fertility, new destinations, migration
new york state geographical region
- The Geography of Exclusion. Social Problems. 59:364-388. 2012
- The Tempo of Sexual Activity and Later Relationship Quality. Journal of Marriage and Family. 74:708-725. 2012
- Can Immigration Save Small-Town America? Hispanic Boomtowns and the Uneasy Path to Renewal. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 641:38-57. 2012
- Immigration and the New Racial Diversity in Rural America. Rural Sociology. 77:3-35. 2012
- Changing Patterns of Interracial Marriage in a Multiracial Society. Journal of Marriage and Family. 73:1065-1084. 2011
- Rural America in an Urban Society: Changing Spatial and Social Boundaries. Annual Review of Sociology. 37:565-592. 2011
- Immigration and Intermarriage Among Hispanics: Crossing Racial and Generational Boundaries. Sociological Forum. 26:241-264. 2011
- Multi-Scale Residential Segregation: Black Exceptionalism and America's Changing Color Line. Social Forces. 89:829-852. 2011
- National Estimates of the Rise in Serial Cohabitation. Social Science Research. 39:754-765. 2010
- Growing Diversity among America's Children and Youth: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions. Population and Development Review. 36:151-176. 2010
- Chinese Children Among the Poor: Comparing U.S. Natives with Immigrants from Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. Race and Social Problems. 2:137-148. 2010
- Decomposing trends in nonmarital fertility among Latinos. Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health. 41:166-172. 2009
- Childbearing among Cohabiting Women: Race, Pregnancy, and Union Transitions. Early Adulthood in a Family Context. 209-219. 2012
- Family Change and Poverty in Appalachia. Appalachian Legacy: Economic Opportunity after the War on Poverty. 81-105. 2012
- Rural Economic Restructuring: Implications for Children, Youth, and Families. Economic Restructuring and Family Well-being in Rural America. 25-39. 2012
- Rural Natural Increase in the New Century: America’s Third Demographic Transition. International Handbook of Rural Demography. 17-34. 2012
selected publications listing
- Parisi, D., D.T. Lichter, and M. Taquino. (2011) Multi-Scale Residential Segregation: Black Exceptionalism and America's Changing Color Line. Social Forces 89, forthcoming.
- Lichter, D.T., R.N. Turner, and S. Sassler. (2010) National Estimates of the Rise in Serial Cohabitation. Social Science Research 38: forthcoming.
- Johnson, K.M., and D.T. Lichter. (2010) Growing Diversity among America's Children and Youth: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions. Population and Development Review 36(March): 151-175.
- Lichter, D.T., D. Parisi, M. Taquino, and S.M. Grice. (2010) Residential Segregation in New Hispanic Destinations: Cities, Suburbs, and Rural Communities Compared." Social Science Research 39:215-230.
- Lichter, D.T., and E. Wethington. (2009) Chaos and the Diverging Fortunes of American Children: A Historical Perspective. Chapter 2 in Chaos and Its Influence on Children's Development: An Ecological Perspective (Eds., Gary W. Evans and Theodore D. Wachs). Washington, DC: American Psychological Assciation.
- Crowley, M., & D.T. Lichter. (2009) Social Disorganization in New Latino Destinations?" Rural Sociology 74(4): 573-604.
- DeLeone, F.Y., D.T. Lichter, and R.M. Strawderman. (2009) Decomposing Trends in Nonmarital Fertility Among Latinas." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 41 (September):167-172.
- Lichter, D.T., and K.M. Johnson. (2009) Immigrant Gateways and Hispanic Migration to New Destinations. International Migration Review 43:496-518.
- Lichter, D.T., and J. H. Carmalt. (2009) Religion and Marital Quality among Low-Income Couples. Social Science Research 38:168-187.
- Lichter, D.T., and W. Brown. (2009) Race, Immigration, and the Future of Marriage. In H. E. Peters and C.M.K. Dush (eds.), Marriage and Families: Complexities and Perspectives. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Sassler, S., A. Cunningham, and D.T. Lichter. (2009) Intergenerational Patterns of Union Formation and Relationship Quality. Journal of Family Issues 30:757-786.
- Lichter, D.T., and Z-C. Qian. (2008) Serial Cohabitation and the Marital Life Course. Journal of Marriage and Family 70:861-878.
- Giroux, S.C., P.M. Eloundou-Enyegue, and D.T. Lichter. (2008) Reproductive Inequality in Sub-Sahran Africa: Differentials versus Concentration. Studies in Family Planning 39:187-198.
- Johnson, K.M., and D.T. Lichter. (2008) Natural Increase: A New Source of Population Growth in Emerging Hispanic Destinations. Population and Development Review 34:327-346.
- Lichter, D.T., D. Parisi, M. Taquino, and B. Beaulieu. 2008. Race and the Micro-Scale Concentration of Poverty. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, forthcoming.
- Graefe, D.R., and Lichter, D.T. (2007). Marriage Patterns among Unwed Mothers: Before and After PRWORA. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, forthcoming.
- Graefe, D.R., and Lichter, D.T. (2007). When Unwed Mothers Marry: The Marital and Cohabiting Partners of Mid-Life Women. Journal of Family Issues 28:595-622.
- Lichter, D.T., Brown, J.B., Qian, Z-C., and Carmalt J. (2007). Marital Assimilation Among Hispanics: Evidence of Declining Cultural and Economic Assimilation? Social Science Quarterly 88(3): 745-765.
- Lichter, D.T., and Graefe, D.R. (2007). Men and Marriage Promotion: Who Marries Unwed Mothers? Social Service Review 81(3): 397-421.
- Lichter, D.T., and Johnson, K.M. (2007). The Changing Spatial Concentration of America's Rural Poor Population. Rural Sociology 72(3): 331-358.
- Lichter, D.T., Parisi, D., Grice, S.M., and Taquino, M. (2007). Municipal Underbounding: Racial Exclusion in Small Southern Towns. Rural Sociology, 72:47-68.
- Qian, Z-C, and Lichter, D.T. (2007). Social Boundaries and Marital Assimilation: Evaluating Trends in Racial and Ethnic Intermarriage. American Sociological Review 72:68-94.
- Batson, C.D., Qian, Z-C., and Lichter, D.T. (2006) Interracial and Intraracial Patterns of Mate Selection Among America's Diverse Black Populations. Journal of Marriage and Family 68: 658-672.
- Crowley, M.L., Lichter, D.T., and Qian, Z-C. (2006). Beyond Gateway Cities: Economic Restructuring and Poverty among Mexican Immigrant Families and Children. Family Relations 55: 345-360.
- Lichter, D.T., and Johnson, K. (2006). "Emerging Rural Settlement Patterns and the Geographic Redistribution of America's New Immigrants." Rural Sociology, 71(1):109-131.
- Lichter, D.T., Qian, Z-C, and Mellott, L. (2006) Marriage or Dissolution?Transitions to Marriage among Poor Cohabiting Women. Demography 43(2): 223-240.
featured in archived article
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speaker at Cornell event
- DSOC-7900: Graduate-Level Thesis Research - Spring 2013
- DSOC-8720: Development Sociology - Spring 2013
- DSOC-8900: Master's Level Thesis Research - Spring 2013
- DSOC-9900: Doctoral-Level Thesis Research - Spring 2013
- PAM-4000: Directed Readings - Spring 2013
- PAM-4010: Empirical Research - Spring 2013
- PAM-4990: Honors Program - Spring 2013
- PAM-9990: Doctoral Thesis and Research - Spring 2013
- DSOC-7900: Graduate-Level Thesis Research - Fall 2012
- DSOC-8720: Development Sociology - Fall 2012
- DSOC-8900: Master's Level Thesis Research - Fall 2012
- DSOC-9900: Doctoral-Level Thesis Research - Fall 2012
- PAM-4010: Empirical Research - Fall 2012
- PAM-6000: Special Problems for Graduate Students - Fall 2012
- PAM-8990: Master's Thesis and Research - Fall 2012
- PAM-9990: Doctoral Thesis and Research - Fall 2012
- DSOC-7900: Graduate-Level Thesis Research - Spring 2012
- DSOC-8720: Development Sociology - Spring 2012
- DSOC-8900: Master's Level Thesis Research - Spring 2012
- DSOC-9900: Doctoral-Level Thesis Research - Spring 2012
- PAM-4000: Directed Readings - Spring 2012
- PAM-4990: Honors Program - Spring 2012
- PAM-9990: Doctoral Thesis and Research - Spring 2012
- DSOC-7900: Graduate-Level Thesis Research - Fall 2011
- DSOC-8720: Development Sociology - Fall 2011
- DSOC-8900: Master's-Level Thesis Research - Fall 2011
- DSOC-9900: Doctoral-Level Thesis Research - Fall 2011
- PAM-4010: Empirical Research - Fall 2011
- PAM-6000: Special Problems for Grads - Fall 2011
- PAM-8990: Masters Thesis - Fall 2011
- PAM-9990: Doctoral Thesis - Fall 2011
current professional activities
Dr. Lichter is Director of the Cornell Population Center. He teaches courses on population and public policy, poverty and inequality, and demographic techniques.
Lichter is current president of the Population Association of America, and immediate past-president of the Rural Sociological Society (2010-11). He also is past-president of the Association of Population Centers, and he has served as chair of the family and population sections of the American Sociological Association.
Dr. Lichter also has served as editor of Demography (2002-2004), the flagship journal of the Population Association of America (PAA). Lichter currently serves as a member of the research advisory board of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy and is a policy fellow of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.
education and training
awards and distinctions listing
- Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Kappa Delta, Gamma Sigma Delta
- Premium for Academic Excellence, Graduate College, Iowa State University, 1976-77
- Von Tungeln Scholarship, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Iowa State University, 1977 (Awarded to outstanding Master's student)
- Kolb Award, Department of Rural Sociology, University Wisconsin-Madison, 1980 (Awarded to outstanding Ph.D. student)
- Distinction in the Social Sciences Award, 1994, College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University
- Excellence in Research Award, 1995, Rural Sociological Society
- Outstanding Faculty Award, 2004-2005, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University
- Sociological Research Association, elected 1997
- Certificate of Recognition, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2001
- Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2005.
- Social Science Citations, Most Highly Cited Author, inducted 2003.