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Daniel T. Lichter

Professor of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology

Ph.D. 1981
University of Wisconsin-Madison

102 MVR
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

(607) 254-8781

Areas of Interest:

  • Family Sociology
  • Demography
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Immigration
  • Race and Ethnicity

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Curriculum Vitae

Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center

Policy Analysis and Management

Recent Courses:

PAM/SOC 621 Poverty, Public Policy, & the Life Course


Dr. Daniel T. Lichter is the Ferris Family professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Cornell Population Center. He joined the Cornell faculty in August 2005. He has previously taught at Pennsylvania State University (1981-1999) and The Ohio State University (1999-2005).

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 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.

Dr. Lichter has published widely on demographic topics related to the family and welfare policy, including studies of children's changing living arrangements and poverty, cohabitation and marriage among unwed mothers, and welfare incentive effects on the family.  He has been interested in patterns of marriage or dissolution among cohabiting women and in the rise in serial cohabitation (i.e., the cycling from relationship to relationship as an adaptation to economic hardship).  His recent papers have examined the implications of state marriage promotion policies, i.e., questions about whether low-income women face significant barriers to healthy marriages, whether they form marriages that last, and whether they marry men who can provide a route from poverty. His other research has focused on recent demographic trends among America’s new immigrant populations. For example, he has studied patterns of intermarriage between immigrants and native-born Americans.  Intermarriage with the native white population is often used a measure of social distance between groups, and as an indirect indicator of social and economic incorporation.  In addition, he has examined the new residential destinations of recent immigrants, including the geographic movement of Hispanics into less densely-settled rural areas. His recently published paper in Demography provides the first national estimates of residential segregation in small towns, and addresses questions of economic incorporation of racial minorities and new immigrants into their communities.

Selected Publications:

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

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

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.

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

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

Johnson, K.M., and D.T. Lichter. (2012). "Rural Retirement Destinations: Natural Decrease and the Shared Demographic Destinies of Elderly and Hispanics." Forthcoming in Aging in Rural America (eds., N. Glasgow and E.H. Berry). New York: Springer.

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.