Donald Treiman

Donald Treiman

Distinguished Research Professor


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Ph. D., University of Chicago


Social stratification; social demography. Current research: internal migration in China; cross-national comparative studies of social stratification and mobility; social inequality in China, South Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe.


Treiman, Donald J. 1977. Occupational Prestige in Comparative Perspective. New York: Academic Press.

Treiman, Donald J., Matthew McKeever, and Eva Fodor. 1996. “Racial Differences in Occupational Status and Income in South Africa, 1980-1991.”Demography 33:111-32.

Treiman, Donald J., and Hye-kyung Lee. 1996. “Income Differences among 31 Ethnic Groups in Los Angeles.” Pp. 37-82 in Social Differentiation and Social Inequality: Essays in Honor of John Pock, edited by James Baron, David Grusky, and Donald J. Treiman. Boulder, CO: Westview.

Deng, Zhong, and Donald J. Treiman. 1997. “The Impact of the Cultural Revolution on Trends in Educational Attainment in the People’s Republic of China”. American Journal of Sociology 103:391-428.

Walder, Andrew G., Bobai Li, and Donald J. Treiman. 2000. “Politics and Life Chances in a State Socialist Regime: Dual Career Paths into the Urban Chinese Elite, 1949-1996.” American Sociological Review 65:191-209.

Treiman, Donald J., and Harry B. G. Ganzeboom. 2000. “The Fourth Generation of Comparative Stratification Research.” Pp. 122-150 in The International Handbook of Sociology, edited by Stella R. Quah and Arnaud Sales. London: Sage.

Wu, Xiaogang, and Donald J. Treiman. 2004. “The Household Registration System and Social Stratification in China: 1955-1996.” Demography41:363-384.

Hanley, Eric, and Donald J. Treiman. 2005. “Recruitment into the Eastern European Communist Elite: Dual Career Paths.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 23:35-66.

Treiman, Donald J., William M. Mason, Yao Lu, Yi Pan, Yaqiang Qi, and Shige Song. 2006. “Observations on the Design and Implementation of Sample Surveys in China.” Social Transformations in Chinese Societies 1:81-101.

Awards & Grants


Visiting Scholar, Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Socialforschung, Universitat zu Koln, Cologne, Germany, April 18-30, 1977.

Member, Sociological Research Association, 1980-.

Founding Director, Social Sciences Computing, UCLA, 1983-1985.

Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, Research School of the Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, January-February, 1986.

ASA/NSF/Census Fellow, U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1987-88.

Member of Council, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, 1990-1993.

President, Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility, International Sociological Association, 1990-1998.

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, 1990-. (In residence 1992-93.)

Overseas Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, December, 1990.

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1991-.

Taiwan National Science Council Lecturer, September 16-18. 1991.

Westermarck Memorial Lecturer, Finnish Sociological Society, Helsinki, November 20, 1992.

Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1995-. (In residence 1996-97.)

Visiting Professorial Fellow, People’s University, Beijing, 1998-.

Overseas Research Fellow, University of Transkei, Republic of South Africa, June-July 1998.

Director, California Center for Population Research, UCLA, 2006-.


1968 “Societal Development and Social Mobility: a Cross-national Comparison of Systems of Social Stratification.” Funded by NSF.

1971 “Female Occupational Structure–Determinants and Trends.” Funded by NICHD.

1972 “Occupational Experience as a Determinant of Fertility among American Women.” Funded by NICHD.

1972 “Correlates and Consequences of Ethnicity in the U.S.” Funded by NIMH.

1974 “A Comparative Study of Status Attainment” (with Jonathan Kelley). Funded by NIMH.

1983 “Developing Multiple Imputation as a Recalibration Tool, with Application to the U.S. Census 1970 and 1980 Occupation and Industry Classifications” (with Donald B. Rubin) Funded by NSF.

1986 “The Ethnic and Immigrant Groups of Los Angeles.” Funded by the Haynes Foundation.

1989 “Social Stratification in South Africa.” (with Sylvia Moeno and Lawrence Schlemmer). Funded by NSF and various South African agencies.

1991 “Social Stratification in Eastern Europe after 1989” (with Ivan Szelenyi). Funded by NSF and the National Council for Soviet and Eastern European Research.

1992 “Social Stratification in Bulgaria after 1989” (with Ivan Szelenyi). Funded by the National Council for Soviet and Eastern European Research.

1993 “Social Stratification in Eastern Europe after 1989: Data Preparation and Analysis “(with Ivan Szelenyi). Funded by the National Science Foundation.

1994 “Life Histories and Social Change in Contemporary China” (with Andrew Walder and Ivan Szelenyi). Funded by the Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the University of California Pacific Rim Program.

2002 “Pilot Study for a National Survey of Migration in China” (with William M. Mason). Funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the University of California Pacific Rim Program, and the California Center for Population Research.

2006 “Internal Migration in China: Data Collection and Analysis” (with William Mason). Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Graduate Students

Ph.D. committees chaired or co-chaired at UCLA:

Lu, Yao. 2008. The Link between Migration and Health: a Longitudinal Analysis of Indonesian Data. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Columbia University.

Ishida, Kanako. 2007. The Role of Ethnicity in Father Absence and Maternal and Child Well-being in Guatemala. Current position: Officer, Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta.

Kreidl, Martin. 2005. Inequality in Access to Secondary and Post-Secondary Education in Countries of the Former Soviet Bloc after 1948. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, and Senior Researcher at the
Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.

Song, Shige. 2004. Marriage Formation in Contemporary China. Current position: Assistant Professor, Queens College, City University of New York.

Burgard, Sarah. 2003. Does Race Matter? Children’s Health In Brazil and South Africa. Sarah was the 2003 winner of both the Population Association of America’s Dorothy S. Thomas Award for the outstanding student research paper and the American Sociological Association Population Section best student paper award for her paper (“Does Race Matter? Children’s Height in Brazil and South Africa,” published in 2002 inDemography 39:763-790). Robert Wood Johnson Post-doctoral Fellow in Health and Society, University of Michigan Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health and Institute for Social Research, 2003-2005. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Michigan, 2005-.

Emery, Alan Louis. 2001. Insurgency and Democratization in South Africa: the Community Mobilization of Ideological, Military, and Political Power. Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, California State University at Fullerton.

Wu, Xiaogang. 2001. Institutional Structures and Social Mobility in China: 1949-1996. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow, Population Research Center, University of Michigan, 2001-2003. Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Hanley, Eric. 1997. Capitalism from Below: the Emergence of a Propertied Middle Class in Post-communist Eastern Europe. Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Kansas.

Fodor, Eva. 1997. Power, Patriarchy, and Paternalism: an Examination of the Gendered Nature of State Socialist Authority. Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest.

Lee, Mijeong. 1996. Women’s Education, Work, and Marriage in Korea: Women’s Lives under Institutional Conflict.” Current position: Researcher, Korea Women’s Development Institute, Seoul National University, Korea.

McKeever, Matthew Raymond. 1996. Secondary Economies of Capitalist and State Socialist Societies: a Study of the Informal Economy of South Africa and the Second Economy of Hungary. Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Mount Holyoke College.

Deng, Zhong. 1993. Status Attainment in China, 1949-1982. Current position: AT&T.
Peng, Yusheng. 1993. Intergenerational Mobility of Class and Occupation in Mid-20th Century England and Post-war Hungary. Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Yang, Philip Qunsheng. 1993. Development, Involvement, Resources, and Immigration: a Study of Structural Determinants of Cross-national Variation in Post-1965 Immigration to the United States. Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Social Work, Texas Woman’s University.

Kalmijn, Matthijs. 1991. From Family Origins to Individual Destinations: the Changing Nature of Homogamy in the United States. Current position: Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Rubin-Kurtzman, Jane Rhonda. 1991. From Prosperity to Adversity: the Labor Force Participation of Women in Mexico City, 1970-1976. Current position: Visiting Research Scientist, California Center for Population Research, UCLA.

Cheng, Mariah Man Tsun. 1988. Job Shift Patterns of the Japanese Male Labor Force. Current position: Researcher, Carolina Population Center, University of Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Lee, Hye-kyung. 1988. Socioeconomic Attainment of Recent Korean and Filipino Immigrant Men and Women in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, 1980. Current position: Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Pai Chai University, Taejon, Korea.

Yip, Kam-bor. 1988. Income Determination: a Cross-national Comparison.

Roos, Patricia Ann. 1981. Occupational Segregation in Industrial Society: A Twelve-nation Comparison of Gender and Marital Differences in Occupational Attainment. Current position: Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University.