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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Massey, Douglas S.
Location Princeton University
Primary Field Social and Political Sciences
 Election Citation
Massey is a demographer who has made fundamental contributions to studies of race relations and international migrations. His ambitious studies of Mexican-American migration demonstrate the powerful cumulative forces that propel the process on both sides of the border. And his 1993 book argued persuasively that patterns of residential exclusion are the principal cause of socioeconomic disadvantage among African Americans.
 Research Interests
Throughout my career as a demographer and sociologist, I have pursued independent lines of theoretical and empirical research. The first focuses on international migration, where I have sought to understand the forces that promote and sustain population movements between countries. For more than a decade, I have conducted representative surveys of Mexican sending communities and their U.S. destination areas and used these data to determine the causes of Mexican immigration and the consequences for both Mexico and the United States. My second area of interest concerns the causes and consequences of residential segregation within urban areas, focusing particularly on African Americans in the United States. In both areas, I have been active in developing methodological tools and formulating theories as well as testing hypotheses empirically. I recently launched into a new area of work by designing and implementing a survey of blacks, whites, and Latinos in higher education in order to understand the processes by which these groups enter, pass through, and graduate from colleges and universities.

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