From the Director

Douglas S. Massey, Director

During 2016 the Office of Population Research celebrated its 81st year as a population center. Located in the Woodrow Wilson School, OPR included some 31 faculty associates, four postdoctoral fellows, three visiting scholars, and 30 doctoral students supported by an administrative staff of 11, a computer and library staff of four each, and a research/technical staff of five. Six OPR staff members were recognized for their years of service at Princeton’s annual staff recognition luncheon, with Mary Lou Delaney, Dawn Koffman, Kris McDonald, and Valerie Smith being commemorated for ten years of service and Judy Miller and Nancy Cannuli being recognized for their 15 years at OPR.

Among OPR graduate students, eight successfully defended their dissertations and moved on to jobs or postdocs. Three went into the private sector and no doubt started at higher salaries than the academics. Jessica Yiu went to Place IA as a Project Manager before moving to take the position of Technical Program Manager at Facebook. Kerstin Gentsch is employed as a Senior Policy Analyst at the CUNY Office of Policy Research; and Jonathan Tannen began as Director at Econsult Solutions in Philadelphia before moving to New York to join Facebook’s Core Data Science Team. On the academic side, Patrick Ishizuka accepted a postdoc at Cornell University, as did Janeria Easley at the University of Pennsylvania and Amy Winter in Jessica Metcalf’s Lab at Princeton in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Aaron Gottlieb proceeded directly to the professoriate with an appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dennis Feehan, who earlier had accepted an Assistant Professorship at Berkeley, won the Charles Westoff Prize in Demography for his dissertation entitled “Network Reporting Methods.”

The roster of postdocs had one decrement during 2016, but fortunately it was a happy one when Brandon left for his native Texas to become Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Texas Tech University.

The OPR faculty was pleased to welcome Dalton Conley as the Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology. With Ph.D.’s in both sociology and genomics he adds great strength and visibility to OPR’s research cluster in biodemography. In faculty news, Angus Deaton followed up his 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics by being named a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for his services to economics and international affairs. Alejandro Portes received the degree of Doctor in Social Sciences, honoris causa from the New University of Lisbon. Rafaela Dancygier was promoted to tenure as Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs. Germán Rodríguez was honored with the 2016 Service Recognition Award from the Population Association of America; and Susan Fiske received the Association for Psychological Science’s Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement.

All in all, it was a good year for OPR and as Director I can only salute the Office’s students, faculty, and staff for their many achievements and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments in next year’s Director’s Letter.

Douglas Massey, Director

Office of Population Research Princeton University
Henry G. Bryant Professor Sociology and Public Affairs