Robert Mare

Distinguished Research Professor


Contact Information

Office  264 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-5585
My work focuses on four areas:

 (1) dynamic analysis of residential mobility and residential segregation; (2) educational assortative mating and marriage markets; (3) the joint analysis of social mobility, fertility, marriage, and other demographic processes; (4) multigenerational processes and social mobility.


Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1983-84. 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1994-95. 

Paul F. Lazarsfeld Memorial Award, American Sociological Association Section on Methodology, 1999. 


American Journal of Sociology Roger Gould Prize, 2006-07 (with E. Bruch). 

President, Population Association of America, 2010.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010-
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2010-


 "A Survey Module on Families and Social Mobility." (with R. M. Hauser) National Science Foundation, 1994-97. 
“California Census Research Data Center.” (Co-PI, with J. Hotz, H. Brady, and D. Card) National Science foundation, 1998-. 

“UCLA Population Training Program.” National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development 2001-2006. 

“California Center for Population Research.” National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development. 2001-2006.
“UCLA Project on Spatial Aspects of Inequality.” Russell Sage Foundation, 2001-2005. (with A. Pebley, J. Hotz, J. Currie, M. Phillips, N. Sastry) 

“Neighborhood Choice and Neighborhood Change: Evaluating Dynamic Models of Residential Segregation.” (with R. Berk and E. Bruch) National Science Foundation, 2004-06.
"Mixed-Income Housing in Context: An Integrated Longitudinal Study of Families and Neighborhoods."  (with R. Sampson). John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2010-2013.
"Social Stratification in Multiple Generations."  National Science Foundation, 2013-15.
"Segregation:  Micro Mechanisms and Macro-Dynamics."  (with P. Hedstrom, G. Brikelund, and D. Sumpter) Bank of Sweden Tercenteneary Foundation, 2013-2018.

Selected Publications

 Mare, R. D. 1981. "Change and Stability in Educational Stratification." American Sociological Review 46: 72-87. 

Gamoran, A., and R. D. Mare. 1989. "Secondary School Tracking and Stratification: Compensation, Reinforcement, or Neutrality?" American Journal of Sociology 94: 1146-1183. 

Mare, R. D. 1991. "Five Decades of Educational Assortative Mating." American Sociological Review 56: 15-32. 

Mare, R. D. 1995. "Changes in Educational Attainment and School Enrollment." Pp. 155-213 in R. Farley (ed.), State of the Union: America in the 1990s. Volume I: Economic Trends. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 

Mare, R. D. 1997. "Differential Fertility, Intergenerational Educational Mobility, and Racial Inequality." Social Science Research 26: 263-91. 

Musick, K., and R. D. Mare. 2004. “Family Structure, Intergenerational Mobility, and the Reproduction of Poverty: Evidence for Increasing Polarization?” Demography 41: 629-48. 

Schwartz, C. R., and R. D. Mare. 2005. "Trends in Educational Assortative Marriage from 1940 to 2003." Demography 42: 621-46. 

Mare, R. D., and H.-C. Chang. 2006. “Family Attainment Norms and Educational Stratification in the United States and Taiwan: The Effects of Parents' School Transitions.” Pp. 195-231 in G. Fields, D. B. Grusky, and S. L. Morgan (eds.) Frontiers in Economic and Social Mobility. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 

Mare, R. D., and V. Maralani. 2006. “The Intergenerational Effects of Changes in Women’s Educational Attainments.” American Sociological Review

Bruch, E. E., and R. D. Mare. 2006. "Neighborhood Choice and Neighborhood Change." American Journal of Sociology

Jackson, M., and R. D. Mare. 2007. "Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Measurements of Neighborhood Experience and Their Effects on Children."Social Science Research 36: 590-610. 

Bruch, E. E., and R. D. Mare. 2009. “Segregation Processes.” In P. Bearman and P. Hedström (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology. Oxford University Press.

Mare, R. D. 2011.  "A Multigenerational View of Inequality."  Demography 48: 1-23.

Choi, H. K., and R. D. Mare. 2012. "International Migration and Educational Assortative Mating in Mexco and the United States." Demography 49: 449-76

Bruch, E. E., and R. D. Mare. 2012.  "Methodological Issues in the Analysis of Residential Preferences and Residential Mobility." Sociological Methodology 42: 103-54.

Graduate Students

(Current Ph.D. Candidates Supervised) 
Benjamin Jarvis
William Rosales
Xi Song
(Completed Ph.D.'s Supervised -- UCLA) 
Yana Kucheva. 2012.  The Dynamics of Participation in Subsidized Housing Programs in the U.S. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality)
Esther Friedman. 2011. Children’s Schooling and the Social Stratification of Parents in Later Life.  (Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University)
Claudia D. Solari. 2010.  The Presence and Persistence of Affluent Neighborhoods (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina; Senior Analyst, Abt Associates)
Bongoh Kye. 2010.  Population Change and Social Mobility in South Korea (Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University; Assistant Professor, Kookmin University, S. Korea)
Kate H. Choi. 2010. International Migration, Demographic Processes, and the Educational Attainment of the Next Generation.  (Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University; Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario)
Jennifer Flashman. 2009. You've Got a Friend: Adolescent Friendship Choices, Dynamics, and Implications for Future Stratification. (Prize Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford; Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University) 

Vanesa Estrada. 2007. Race and the American Dream: Homeownership Transitions in the US, 1968-2003. (NIH Postdoctoral Fellow RAND; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of California, Riverside) 

David Cort. 2007. The Impact of Background Factors and Acculturation Types on the Well-Being of Second Generation Immigrant Children. (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Massachussetts, Amherst)
Margot I. Jackson. 2007. Short and Long Term Social Determinants and Consequences of Child Health. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Office of Population Research, Princeton University; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Brown University). 

Vida Maralani. 2006. Intergenerational Aspects of Educational Inequality. (Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Yale University) 

Christine R. Schwartz. 2006. Union Formation and Dissolution, Educational Assortative Mating, and Inequality in the United States. (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) 

Elizabeth E. Bruch. 2006. Ethnic and Economic Factors in Segregation Processes. (Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Michigan) 

Vincent Kang Fu. 2003. Regional and Ethnic Variation in Intermarriage and Social Boundaries. (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Utah) 

Nelson Lim. 2000. Employers' Attitudes, Social Division of Labor, and Human Resource Practices in Hiring Low-Skilled Labor (Associate Social Scientist, RAND, Santa Monica) 

(Completed Ph.D.'s Supervised -- University of Wisconsin) 
Meichu Chen. 2000. Marital Quality and Well-Being. (Visiting Assistant Professor, Tung-hai University, Taiwan; Research Associate, Population Research Center, University of Texas) 

Wendy Y. Carter. 1997. The Effects of Changing Family Structures on Educational Outcomes of Black and White American Cohorts: 1908-1969. (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Arizona State University, Phoenix) 

Hsiu-Jen Yeh. 1995. Trends in Status Homogamy in the United States for Married and Cohabiting Couples: 1960-1990. (Associate Professor, Department of Social Welfare, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan) 

Kurt J. Bauman. 1995. Family Background and Racial Differences in Educational Attainment: Explaining the Black Net Educational Advantage. (Population Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census) 

Hanam Phang. 1995. A Dynamic Study of Women's Labor Market Transitions over the Early Life Course: Cohort Trends, Racial Differentials, and Determinants. (Research Associate, Korean Labor Institute) 

Peter Tiemeyer. 1993. Racial Differences in the Transition to Stable Employment Among Young Men. (Information Technology Department, RR Donnelly) 

Meei-Shenn Tzeng. 1993. Labor Market Experiences and Socioeconomic Effects on Marital Dissolution. (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill University) 

Cherng-Tay James Hsueh. 1992. Sibling Resemblance in Educational Attainment : An Investigation of the Effects of Family Background. (Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University.) 

Yu Xie. 1989. The Process of Becoming a Scientist. (Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan)
Arthur Sakamoto. 1988. Occupational Effects on Earnings and Poverty Among Prime-Age Men. (Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Texas)