Douglas Massey - Biography#

Douglas S. Massey is Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School, where he is Director of the Office of Population Research and the Program in Population Studies. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is the current president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; past-president of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America; a member of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and co-editor of the Annual Review of Sociology.

Massey’s research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, stratification, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He has written 27 books, 310 articles, 95 opinion pieces, 32 reviews and 58 other publications. In google scholar alone, he has 78081 citations, an h-index of 117 and i10-index of 334.

He has received millions of funds for his research, and many honors and awards for his exceptional, pioneering and outstanding contributions in social sciences. He has designed seven national and bi-national longitudinal surveys that have been crucial for the understanding of migration and segregation. Most notable is the Mexican Migration Project that he started in 1983. His surveys have been used by thousands of researchers.

He has earned a Ph.D. (Princeton University, 1978), an M.A. (Princeton, 1977) and a B.A. (Western Washington University, 1974). He has honorary degrees from University of Pennsylvania, 1985 and Ohio State University, 2012. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

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