Topic: America's Immigration Fiasco

Lecturer: Douglas S. Massey

Douglas S. Massey is Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University. He received the PhD in Sociology from Princeton in 1978, and served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania before returning to Princeton. His research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. Professor Massey has received numerous awards for his research, including more recently the Irene B. Taeuber Award for distinguished scholarship (Population Association of America), 2013, and the Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology (American Sociological Association), 2012.

He pioneered the Survey of Mexican Immigrants to the United States (1987- ), followed by the Survey of Latin American Immigrants to the United States.

D. S. Massey’s most recent books include:

  • Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb (Princeton University Press 2013)
  • Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times (Russell Sage 2010)

Jan M. Hoem

Professor Emeritus of Demometry, Stockholm University, and Director
Emeritus, Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany. He
received his PhD in actuarial science and mathematical statistics from the University of
Oslo in 1969. Following positions at the University of Oslo, Statistics Norway and the
University of Copenhagen, he became Professor of Demometry at Stockholm
University, where he founded the Demography Unit and was its director until moving
to the MPIDR in 1999. At Rostock, Professor Hoem formed the Laboratory for Fertility
and Family Dynamics in Europe that in the following decade trained and supported
many of today’s younger European family demographers. In 2009, he returned to
SUDA where he has been an active and beloved colleague.

Professor Hoem has made contributions to Markov chain models, stochastic stable
population theory, demographic incidence rates, and the statistical analysis of
multiplicative models. He is best known for his work on event-history analysis -
contributions that have helped shape demographic methodology. He has shown how
the careful specification of life course biographies in relation to social and economic
change provides stronger evidence for links between public policies, demographic
behavior, and demographic outcomes. Jan Hoem was named the 2006 Laureate of
the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.