Daniel T.


Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies
Policy Analysis and Management
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

1302A Martha Van Rensselaer  Hall



Dr. Daniel T. Lichter is the Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Cornell University.  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). 

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.

Lichter is especially interested in America’s racial and ethnic transformation, growing diversity, and the implications for the future.  His 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 immigrant destinations.

For over 4 decades, Professor Lichter has centered much of his work on the changing social and economic conditions of rural America.  His most recent work has focused on rural depopulation over the past century, and on fertility and reproductive health in small-town America.  


Johnson, Kenneth M., and Daniel T. LIchter.  2020.  "Metropoitan Reclassification and the Urbanization of Rural America."  Demography, forthcoming.

Sassler, Sharon, and Daniel T. Lichter.  2020.  "Cohabitaton and Marriage:  Complexity and Diversity in Union Formation Patterns."  Journal of Marriage and Family, 82 (1), 35-61.

Lichter, Daniel T., Domenico Parisi, Shrinidhi Ambinakudige. 2020.  "The Spatial Integration of Immigrants in Europe:  A Cross-National Study."  Population Research and Policy Review, 38, forthcoming.

Lichter, Daniel T., Joseph P. Price, and Jeffrey M. Swigert.  2020. "Demographic Mismatches in the Marriage Market."  Journal of Marriage and Family, 82 (April), 796-809. 

Sutton, April, Daniel T. Lichter, and Sharon Sassler.  2019. "Urban-Rural Disparities in Unintended Pregnancies, Births, and Abortion among U.S. Teens and Young Women, 1995-2017."  American Journal Public Health, 109 (12), 1762-1769.

Parisi, Domenico, Daniel T. Lichter, and Michael C. Taquino.  2019.  "Remaking Metropolitan America?  Residential Mobility and Racial Integration in the Suburbs."  Socius 5:1-18.

Johnson, Kenneth M., and Daniel T. Lichter 2019.  “Rural Depopulation:  Growth and Decline Process over the Past Century.”  Rural Sociology 84:3-27.

Lichter, Daniel T., and Zhenchao Qian.  2019.  “The Study of Assortative Mating: Theory, Data, and Analysis.”  Pp. 303-337 in Analytical Family Demography, edited by Robert Schoen.  Springer.

Qian, Zhenchao, and Daniel T. Lichter.  2018.  "Marriage Markets and Comparative Patterns of Intermarriage and Exchange in First Marriages and Remarriages.  Demography 55 (3), 849-875.

Lichter, Daniel T., Domenico Parisi, and Michael C. Taquino.  2018.  “White Integration or Segregation? The Racial and Ethnic Transformation of Rural and Small Town America.”  City & Community 17(3); 702-719.

Lichter, Daniel T., and Zhenchao Qian.  2018. “Boundary Blurring? Racial Identification among the Children of Interracial Couples.”  The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 677(1): 81-94.

Lichter, Daniel T., and Zhenchao Qian.  2018.  “Children at Risk:  Diversity, Inequality, and the Third Demographic Transition.” Pp. 169-191 in Low Fertility Regimes and Demographic and Societal Change (eds., D.L Poston, S. Lee, and H. Kim).  New York: Springer.

Thiede, Brian C., Daniel T. Lichter, and Tim Slack.  2018.  “Working but Poor:  The Good Life in Rural America?”  Journal of Rural Studies 59 (April): 183-193.

Thiede, Brian C., Scott Sanders, and Daniel T. Lichter.  2018. "Demographic Drivers of In-Work Poverty:  Family Formation and Change."  Pp. 109-123 in Handbook of Research on In-Work Poverty (eds., H. Lohmann and I. Marx).  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Qian, Zhenchao, Daniel. T. Lichter, and Dmitry Tumin.  2018.  "Divergent Pathways to Assimilation?  Local Marriage Markets and Intermarriage among U.S. Hispanics." Journal of Marriage and Family 80 (1), 271-288.

Thiede, Brian C., Scott R. Sanders, and Daniel T. Lichter. 2018.  "Born Poor?  Racial Diversity, Inequality, and the American Pipeline." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(2): 206–228.       .

Lichter, Daniel T., Domenico Parisi, and Michael C. Taquino.  2017.  "Together but Apart:  Do US Whites Live in Racially Diverse Cities and Neighborhoods?" Population and Development Review 43:229-255.

Lichter, Daniel T., and James Ziliak.  2017.  Guest Editors.  The New Rural-Urban Interface.  ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Issue 1, July 2017, pp. 6–301.

Lichter, Daniel T., and James Ziliak.  2017.  "The Rural-Urban Interface:  New Patterns of Spatial Interdependence and Inequality in America."  ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 672(July):6-25.

Lichter, Daniel T., Katherine Michelmore, Richard N. Turner, and Sharon Sassler.  2016.  “Pathways to a Stable Union? Pregnancy and Childbearing among Cohabiting and Married Couples.”  Population Research and Policy Review 35:377–399.

Johnson, Kenneth M., and Daniel T. Lichter.  2016.  “Diverging Demography: Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Contributions to U.S. Population Redistribution and Diversity.”  Population Research and Policy Review 35:705–725.

Lichter, Daniel T., Domenico Parisi, and Michael C. Taquino.  2016.  “Emerging Patterns of Hispanic Residential Segregation: Lessons from Rural and Small-Town America.”  Rural Sociology 81:483–518.

Lichter, Daniel T., and Kai Schafft.  2016.  “People and Places Left Behind:  Rural Poverty in the New Century.”  Chapter 14, Pp. 317-340 in Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society (eds., D. Brady and L.  Burton).  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lichter, Daniel T. 2015.  “Rural Sociology.”  Pp. 814-819 in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition (ed., James D. Wright). Oxford: Elsevier.

Lichter, Daniel T., Zhenchao Qian, and Dimitry 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.

Thiede, Brian C., Daniel T. Lichter, and Scott R. Sanders. 2015.  "America's Working Poor:  Conceptualization, Measurement, and New Estimates."  Work and Occupations 42:267-312.

Lichter, Daniel T., Domenico Parisi, and Michael C. Taquino. 2015.  "Toward a New Macro-Segregation?  Decomposing Segregation Within and Between Metropolitan Cities and Suburbs."  American Sociological Review 80:843-873.

Lichter, Daniel T., Scott R. Sanders, and Kenneth M. Johnson. 2015.  "Hispanics at the Starting Line:  Poverty among Newborn Infants in Established Gateways and New Destinations."  Social Forces 94:209-235.

Parisi, Domenico, Daniel T. Lichter, and Michael 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, Daniel T., Domenico Parisi, and Michael 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, Martha, Daniel T. Lichter, and Richard N. Turner.  2015. "Diverging Fortunes? Economic Well-Being of Latinos and African Americans in New Rural Latino Destinations. Social Science Research 51: 77-92.


Dr. Lichter 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).  

Lichter also is past director of the Institute for the Social Sciences (2016-2019), Cornell Population Center (2011-2015), and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center (2005-2010).  

Dr. Lichter is a member of USDA's regional project (W4001: Social, Economic and Environmental Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in Rural America). 

He is currently a member of the Technical Working Group of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (The Pew Hispanic Center).  Lichter also is a policy fellow of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, and an affiliated member of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.  He currently is co-leader of the segregation working group at the Stanford Center of Poverty and Inequality. 

He previously served as a member of the research advisory board of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unintended Pregancy.  He also was a member of the National Academies of Science (NRC) on The Integration of Immigrants into American Society (2016).   The completed report is available at the NAS website at

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

  • PAM 2030: Population and Public Policy
  • PAM 6210: Poverty, Public Policy, and the Life Course
  • PAM 6050: Principles of Population
  • PhD 1981 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sociology
  • MA 1977 - Iowa State University, Sociology
  • BA 1975 - South Dakota State University, Sociology
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