Daniel T.


Professor, Director Institute for the Social Sciences
2314 Martha Van Rensselaer  Hall
Ithaca, New York
Policy Analysis and Management
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs


Dr. Daniel T. Lichter is the Ferris Family professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Professor of Sociology, and 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). 

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.  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 destinations.

Johnson, Kenneth M. and Daniel T. Lichter.  2019.  "Rural Depopulation:  Growth and Decline Processes over the Past Century. Rural Sociology, forthcoming.

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 17:702-719.

Lichter, Daniel T., and Zhenchao Qian.  2018.  "Children at Risk:  Diversity, Inequality, and the Third Demographic Transition."  Pp. 169-191 in Low Fertility Regies and Demographic and Societal Change (eds., D.L Poston, S. Lee, and H. Kim).  New York: Springer.
Qian, Zhenchao, and Daniel T. Lichter.  2018.  "Marriage Markets and Intermarriage: Exchange in First Marriages and Remarriages.  Demography 55:849-875.
Lichter, Daniel T., and Zhenchao Qian.  2018.  "Boundary Blurring?  Racial Identification among the Children of Interracial Couples."  Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, forthcoming.
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,  80:271-288.
Thiede, Brian C., Daniel T. Lichter, and Tim Slack.  2018.  "Working, but Poor:  The Good Life in Rural America." Journal of Rural Studies 59:183-193.
Thiede, Brian C., Scott R. Sanders, and Daniel T. Lichter. 2017.  "Born Poor?  Racial Diversity, Inequality, and the American Pipeline.". Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4:206-228.
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.  "The Rural-Urban Interface:  New Patterns of Spatial Interdepence and Inequality in America."  ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 672(July):6-25.
Thiede, Brian C., Scott Sanders, and Daniel T. Lichter.  2018. "Demographic Drivers of In-Work Poverty:  Family Formation and Change in the United Kingdom and United States."  In Handbook of Research on In-Work Poverty (eds., H. Lohmann and I. Marx).  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
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., 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.

Lichter, Daniel T. and Kai A. Schafft.  2016.  “People and Places Left Behind: Rural Poverty in the New Century.”  Pp. 318-340 in The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty (eds., David Brady and Linda Burton). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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.

Lichter, Daniel T., Sharon Sassler, and Richard N. Turner.  2014.  "Cohabitation, Post-Conception Unions, and the Rise in Nonmarital Fertility."  Social Science Research 47: 134-147.

Lichter, Daniel T., and David L. Brown 2014.  "The New Rural-Urban Interface:  Lessons for Higher Education."  Choices 29(1):1-6.

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

Burton, Linda M., Daniel T. Lichter, Regina S. Baker, and John M. Eason.  2013.  "Inequality, Family Processes, and Health in the 'New' RuralAmerica."  American Behavioral Scientist 57: 1128-1151.

Lichter, Daniel T.  2013.  "Integration or Fragmentation?  Racial Diversity and the American Future."  Demography 50:359–391.

Addo, Fenaba, and Daniel T. Lichter.  2013.  "Marriage, Marital History, and Black-White Wealth Differentials Among Older Women."  Journal of Marriage and Family 75: 342 – 362. 

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

Lichter, Daniel T., Domenico Parisi, and Michael C. Taquino. 2012.  "The Geography of Exclusion:  Race, Segregation, and Concentrated Poverty."  Social Problems 59:364-388.

Lichter, Daniel T., Kenneth M. Johnson, Richard N. Turner, and Allison Churilla.  2012.  "Hispanic Assimilation and Fertility in New Destinations."  International Migration Review 46:767–791.

Sassler, Sharon, Fenaba Addo, and Daniel T. Lichter.  2012.  "The Tempo of Sexual Activity and Later Relationship Quality."  Journal of Marriage and Family 74:708-725.

Carr, Patrick J., Daniel T. Lichter, and Maria 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, Daniel T., and Lisa A. Cembaluk.  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 Daniel T.  2012. "Childbearing among Cohabiting Women: Race, Pregnancy, and Union Transitions." Pp. 209-219 in Early Adulthood in a Family Context (eds., Booth, Brown, Landale, Manning, and S. McHale. New York: Springer. 

Johnson, Kenneth M., and Daniel 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, Daniel T., 2012.  "Immigration and the New Racial Diversity in Rural America."  Rural Sociology 77:1-34.



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).  

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 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 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. 

Professor Lichter also served as 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

Director, Cornell's Institute for the Social Sciences