Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During '22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and from 1997-2002 served as director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She has held appointments at the University of Chicago, as Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, where she served as department chair, and at the University of Wisconsin, Stanford University (as visiting professor), and was a visiting scholar during the 2006-2007 academic year at the Rockefeller Foundation. Professor Tienda is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Political and Social Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is past president (2002) of the Population Association of America, and is a board member of TIAA, the Sloan Foundation, the RAND Corporation and the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland. She has received honorary degrees from Ohio State University, Bank Street College and Lehman College. Tienda has published over 150 scholarly papers in academic journals and edited collections, in addition to numerous research bulletins and articles for a lay audience. Visit website

Teresa A. Sullivan was named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan, effective June 1, 2006. She was previously Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Texas System (2002-2006) and Vice President and Graduate Dean at The University of Texas at Austin (1995-2002), where she also held appointments as Professor of Sociology and Cox & Smith, Inc. Faculty Fellow in Law. She received her Ph.D. in 1975 from The University of Chicago, and has been a member of the faculty at Texas since 1981. After serving as Chair of the Department of Sociology in 1990-92, she became Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and later Vice Provost. She has won three major teaching awards for her undergraduate teaching. Visit website



Sigal Alon is an Assistant Professor in department of Sociology Tel-Aviv University and former research associate at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research. Her work emphasizes the dynamic aspect of social and economic inequalities, including the transition to postsecondary schooling, students' persistence in college, the school-to-work transition and the formation of work careers. Recently she has been studying the US postsecondary education system to evaluate the impact of social policies on race and class disparities in access, experiences and performance of students. She authored several papers that examine the social implications of affirmative action and financial aid policies in postsecondary education. Visit Website Visit website

Thurston Domina is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine. He earned a PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York, and was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research from January, 2006 – July, 2007, where he collaborated on Texas Higher Education Opportunity Project. Professor Domina’s teaching and research focus on the role of educational policies in producing and mitigating social inequalities. His research has investigated the intergenerational consequences of college access programs, explored the ways in which higher education admissions and financial aid policies can operate as high school reform programs, and considered the consequences that brain drain migration has had for American social and economic geography.

Jason M. Fletcher is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Medicine at Yale University. He holds a doctorate in applied economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006). His research focuses on examining peer influences on the health and education decisions of adolescents and young adults. In particular, he is interested in estimating the importance of peer effects and social interactions in college decisions and college achievement.

Mark C. Long is an assistant professor of public affairs and research affiliate of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington. He holds a doctorate in economics and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the effects of public education policies on high school completion, college entry, and household savings; and the effects of educational quality on educational attainment, labor market outcomes, family formation, and other behaviors. He is the winner of The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's 2002 Ph.D. Dissertation Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation in Public Policy and Management. He has publications in The Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Econometrics, Economics of Education Review, and Public Administration Review.


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