Daniel T. Lichter


Daniel T. Lichter

Professor, and Director, Institute for the Social Sciences
2314 Martha Van Rensselaer  Hall
Phone: 607-254-8781 Fax: 607-255-4071
Email: dtl28@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Dr. Daniel T. Lichter is the Ferris Family professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Robert S. Harrison Director of Cornell's Institute for the Social Sciences.  He received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1981 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He joined the Cornell faculty in August 2005.  He taught previously at Pennsylvania State University (1981-1999) and The Ohio State University (1999-2005). 

Teaching and Advising Statement:

Lichter teaches courses on population and public policy, poverty and inequality, and demographic techniques. 

Current Professional Activities:

Dr. Lichter is Director of the Cornell's Institute for the Social Sciences.  He is past-president of the Population Association of America (2012) and the Rural Sociological Society (2010-11).  He also is past-president of the Association of Population Centers, and he has served as chair of both the family and population sections of the American Sociological Association.   He also has served as editor of Demography (2002-2004), the flagship journal of the Population Association of America (PAA).  

Current Research Activities:

Dr. Lichter has published widely on topics in population and public policy, including studies of concentrated poverty and inequality, intermarriage, cohabitation and marriage among disadvantaged women, and immigrant incorporation. 

His recent work, for example, has focused on changing ethnoracial boundaries, as measured by changing patterns of interracial marriage and residential segregation in the United States. He is especially interested in America's racial and ethnic transformation, growing diversity, and the implications for the future. 

Dr. Lichter's other work centers on new destinations of recent immigrants, especially Hispanics moving to less densely-settled rural areas.  He has provided new 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 has documented high rates of fertility and poverty among Hispanic immigrants and natives in new destinations.  

Current Public Engagement Activities:

Dr. Lichter is a member of USDA's regional project (W3001: The Great Recession, Its Aftermath, and Patterns of Rural and Small Town Demographic Change).

He is a member of the research advisory board of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and UNintended Pregnancy.  Dr. Lichter also is a policy fellow of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, and a member of the segregation working group at the Stanford Center of Poverty and Inequality.

Professor Lichter also served as a member of the National Academies of Science (NRC) on The Integration of Immigrants into American Society (2015).   The completed report is available at the NAS website at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21746/the-integration-of-immigrants-into-american-society.

  • PhD 1981 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sociology
  • MA 1977 - Iowa State University, Sociology
  • BA 1975 - South Dakota State University, Sociology

Courses Taught:
  • PAM 2030: Population and Public Policy
  • PAM 6210: Poverty, Public Policy, and the Life Course
  • PAM 6050:  Demographic Techniques

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Administrative Responsibilities:

Director, Cornell's Institute for the Social Sciences

Selected Publications:

Lichter, D.T., K. Michelmore, R.N. Turner, and S. Sassler. (2016). "Pathways to a Stable Union?  Pregnancy and Childbearing among Cohabiting and Married Couples." Population Research and Policy Review 35, forthcoming.

Lichter, D.T., D. Parisi, and M.C. Taquino.  (2016).  "Emerging Patterns of Hispanic Residential Segregation:  Lessons from Rural and Small Town America."  Rural Sociology 81, forthcoming.

Lichter, D.T., and Z-C Qian.  (2016). "Children at Risk: Diversity, Inequality, and the Third Demographic Transition."   Forthcoming in Low Fertility Regimes and Demographic and Societal Change (eds., D.L. Poston, S. Lee, and H. Kiim).  New York, NY:  Springer Publishers.

Thiede, B.C., D.T. Lichter, and T. Slack.  (2016).  "Working but Poor:  The Good Life in Rural America?" Journal of Rural Studies, forthcoming.

Lichter, D.T., and K. Schafft.  (2016).  "People and Places Left Behind: Rural Poverty in the New Century." Pp. 318-340 in Oxford Handbook of The Social Science of Poverty (eds., D. Brady and L. Burton).  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lichter, D.T., Z-C Qian, and D. Tumin.  (2015).  "Whom Do Immigrants Marry?  Emerging Patterns of Intermarriage and Integration in the United States."  Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 662:57-78.

Lichter, D.T., D. Parisi, and M.C. Taquino. (2015).  "Toward a New Macro-Segregation?  Decomposing Segregation Within and Between Metropolitan Cities and Suburbs."  American Sociological Review 80:843 –873

Thiede, B.C., D.T. Lichter, and S.R. Sanders. (2015).  "America's Working Poor:  Conceptualization, Measurement, and New Estimates."  Work and Occupations 42: 267-312.

Lichter, D.T., S.R. Sanders, and K.M. Johnson. (2015).  "Hispanics at the Starting Line:  Poverty among Newborn Infants in Established Gateways and New Destinations."  Social Forces 94:209–235.

Parisi, D., D.T. Lichter, and M.C. Taquino. (2015).  "The Buffering Hypothesis:  Growing  Diversity and Declining Black-White Segregation in America's Cities, Suburbs, and Small Towns?"  Sociological Science 2:125-157.

Lichter, D.T., D. Parisi, and M.C. Taquino.  (2015). "Spatial Assimilation in U.S. Cities and Communities?  Emerging Patterns of Hispanic Segregation from Blacks and Whites."  Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 660(July): 36-56.

Crowley, M., D.T. Lichter, and R.N. Turner.  (2015). "Diverging Fortunes? Economic Well-Being of Latinos and African Americans in New Rural Latino Destinations. Social Science Research 51:77–92.

Lichter, D.T., S. Sassler, and R.N. Turner.  (2014).  "Cohabitation, Post-Conception Unions, and the Rise in Nonmarital Fertility."  Social Science Research 47: 134-147.

Lichter, D.T., and D.L. Brown (2014).  "The New Rural-Urban Interface:  Lessons for Higher Education."  Choices 29(1):1-6.  (special issue on “Higher Education’s Role in Supporting a Rural Renaissance,” co-edited by Sam Cordes and Scott Peters).

Qian, Z., and D.T. Lichter. (2013).  "Are Recent Trends in Intermarriage Consistent with Assimilation Theory?" Forthcoming in Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective (ed., D. Grusky).  Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Burton, L. M., D.T. Lichter, R.S. Baker, and J. M. Eason. (2013).  "Inequality, Family Processes, and Health in the 'New' Rural America."  American Behavioral Scientist  57: 1128-1151.

Lichter, D.T.  (2013).  "Integration or Fragmentation?  Racial Diversity and the American Future."  Demography 50: 359-391.

Addo, F., and D.T. Lichter.  (2013).  "Marriage, Marital History, and Black-White Wealth Differentials Among Older Women."  Journal of Marriage and Family 75:342-362.. 

Johnson, K.M., and D.T. Lichter. (2013). "Rural Retirement Destinations: Natural Decrease and the Shared Demographic Destinies of Elderly and Hispanics." Pp. 275-294 in Rural Aging in 21st Century America (eds., N. Glasgow et al.). New York: Springer.

Lichter, D.T., K.M. Johnson, R.N. Turner, and A. Churilla.  (2012).  "Hispanic Assimilation and Fertility in New U.S. Destinations."  International Migration Review 46:767-791.

Lichter, D.T., D. Parisi, and M.C. Taquino. (2012).  "The Geography of Exclusion:  Race, Segregation, and Concentrated Poverty."  Social Problems 59:364-388.

Sassler, S., F. Addo, and D.T. Lichter.  (2012).  "The Tempo of Sexual Activity and Later Relationship Quality."  Journal of Marriage and Family 74:708-725.

Carr, P.J., D.T. Lichter, and M.J. Kefalas.  (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.   

Lichter, D.T., and L.A. Cimbaluk.  (2012).  "Family Change and Poverty in Appalachia."  Pp. 81-105 in Appalachian Legacy: Economic Opportunity after the War on Poverty (ed., J. Ziliak).  Washington DC: Brookings Institution.

Lichter, D.T.  (2012).  "Immigration and the New Racial Diversity in Rural America."  Rural Sociology 77:3-35.

Lichter D.T. (2012). "Childbearing among Cohabiting Women: Race, Pregnancy, and Union Transitions." Pp. 209-219 in Early Adulthood in a Family Context (eds., A. Booth, S. L. Brown, N. S. Landale, W. D. Manning, and S. M. McHale. New York: Springer.

Johnson, K.M., and D. T. Lichter. (2012). "Rural Natural Increase in the New Century: America’s Third Demographic Transition?" Pp. 17-34 in International Handbook of Rural Demography (eds.,  L.J. Kulcsar and K. Curtis). New York: Springer.

Lichter, D.T., and D. R. Graefe. (2011). "Rural Economic Restructuring: Implications for Children, Youth, and Families." In Economic Restructuring and Family Wellbeing in Rural America (eds., K. Smith and A. Tickamyer). University Park, PA: Penn State University Press.

Qian, Z-C., and D.T. Lichter. (2011). "Changing Patterns of Interracial Marriage in a Multiracial Society." Journal of Marriage and Family 73(October):1065-84.

Lichter, D.T., and D.L. Brown.  (2011).  "Rural America in an Urban Society:  Changing Spatial and Social Boundaries."  Annual Review of Sociology  37:565-92.

Lichter, D.T., J.H. Carmalt, and Z-C Qian.  (2011).  "Immigration and Intermarriage among Hispanics:  Crossing Racial and Generational Boundaries."  Sociological Forum 26, 241-64. 

Parisi, D., D.T. Lichter, and M. Taquino.  (2011).  "Multi-Scale Residential Segregation: Black Exceptionalism and America's Changing Color Line."  Social Forces 89:829-52.

Selected Keywords:
demography, diversity, poverty, children, population, race and ethnicity, family, inequality, immigration, Hispanics, cohabitation, marriage, Hispanic fertility, new destinations, migration

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.