Robert Mare

Robert Mare

Distinguished Research Professor

Office: 264 Haines Hall


Phone: 310-825-5585

Curriculum Vitae

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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.


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.

Awards & Grants


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.