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Brief Biography and Research interests


I retired from teaching in July 2009 to spend full time on my research and am now Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology Emeritus and Research Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Faculty Associate of UCLA’s California Center for Population Research.  I have a B.A. from Reed College (1962) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1967).  As a graduate student at Chicago, I spent most of my time at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), where I was trained as a survey researcher.  I then taught at the University of Wisconsin, where I decided that I really was a social demographer at heart and made the Center for Demography and Ecology my intellectual home.  From Wisconsin I moved to Columbia University and then, in 1975, to UCLA, where I have been ever since, albeit with temporary sojourns elsewhere, as staff director of a study committee at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (1978-1981) and fellowship years at the U.S. Bureau of the Census (1987-88), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (1992-93), and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (1996-97).

I started my career as a student of social stratification and social mobility, particularly from a cross-national perspective, and this has remained a continuing interest.  With my Dutch colleague, Harry Ganzeboom, I have been engaged for many years in a long-term cross-national project to analyze variations in the status attainment process across nations throughout the world over the course of the 20th century. To date we have compiled an archive of about 500 sample surveys from more than 50 nations, ranging through the last half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century.  As these data sets are standardized to permit cross-national comparisons, they are added to the International Stratification and Mobility File (ISMF).  In addition to our comparative project, I (with various colleagues) have conducted large scale national probability sample surveys in South Africa (1991-94), Eastern Europe ( 1993-94), and China (1996), all concerned with various aspects of inequality, social mobility and status attainment over the life course. In 2008, with my colleague William Mason, I carried out a national probability sample survey of Chinese adults focused on internal migration. In 2013, with my colleagues Yao Lu, Jean Wei-Jun Yeung, and Jingming Liu, I carried out a national survey in China focused on the effect of internal migration on the well- being of children.

Since retirement I have been doing occasional teaching, mostly intensive short courses outside the U.S. In the 2010 fall term, I taught a version of my quantitative data analysis course as a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  From 17 January – 4 February 2011 I was NUSS Distinguished Professor at the National University of Singapore.  In 2012 I taught short courses in quantitative methods in April at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; in July at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, and in the PKU-Michigan Joint Summer Institute in Beijing in August.  In 2012-2013 I was an instructor in the British ESRC-sponsored series of workships, “Training Quantitative Social Science Teachers in the UK.”  From 1 Oct. – 31 Dec 2012 I was Visiting Research Professor at the National University of Singapore. In 2014 I again taught a short course in quantitative methods at the PKU-Michigan Joint Summer Institute in Beijing and in 2015 taught a similar course at the Applied Research Methods Workshop (Summer), Shanghai University. In fall 2016 I was a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at Yale University and taught a research workshop for graduate students and my quantitative data analysis course.

My current research centers on two main topics: the cross-national comparisons of social mobility and status attainment mentioned above; and the determinants, dynamics, and consequences of internal migration in China, particularly for health outcomes and other aspects of well-being.  I also try to keep my hand in research on inequality in South Africa and Eastern Europe.

Over the course of my career I have spent fellowship years at the U.S. Bureau of the Census as an ASA/NSF/Census Fellow, 1987-88; at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, 1992-93; and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1996-97. I was president of the Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility of the International Sociological Association, 1990-98; was the recipient of the 2012 Robert M. Hauser Distinguished Career Award by the Poverty, Inequality and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association; and was named an Honored Colleague of the Population Association of America, 2017.

Selected publications, working papers, and presentations


Books

  • Treiman, Donald J.  2009.  Quantitative Data Analysis: Doing Social Research to Test Ideas.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley.  [See the review posted at the Stata Bookstore, which also has the best price.]  A Chinese-language version of this book was published in July 2012.
  • Stata -do- and -log- files for worked examples.
  • Data used for worked examples.
  • Baron, James N., David B. Grusky, and Donald J. Treiman (eds.).  1996.  Social Differentiation and Social Inequality: Essays in Honor of John Pock.  Boulder, CO: Westview.
  • Treiman, Donald J.  1977.  Occupational Prestige in Comparative Perspective.  New York: Academic Press.

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China

  • Treiman, Donald J., and Andrew G. Walder. 2018. “The Impact of Class Labels on Life Chances in China.” [Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2018-007.]
  • Ren, Qiang, and Donald J. Treiman. 2016. “The Consequences of Parental Labor Migration in China for Children’s Emotional Wellbeing.” Social Science Research 58:46-67.   [Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper  PWP-CCPR-2013-004.]
  •  Ren, Qiang, and Donald J. Treiman.  2015.  “Living Arrangements of the Elderly in China and Consequences for Their Emotional Well-being.” Chinese Sociological Review 47(3):255-86.  [An earlier version is available as PWP-CCPR-2013-014]
  • Treiman, Donald J.  2013.  “Trends in Educational Attainment in China.”  Chinese Sociological Review 45(3):3-25.
  • Zhang, Zhuoni, and Donald J. Treiman.  2013. “Social Origins, Hukou Conversion, and the Wellbeing of Urban Residents in Contemporary China.”  Social Science Research 42(1):71-89.  [An earlier version is available as “Registration (Hukou) Status, Status Mobility, and Well-being in Contemporary China.”  Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2011-009.]
  • Lu, Yao, Peifeng Hu, and Donald J. Treiman.  2012.  “Migration and Depressive Symptoms in Migrant-sending Areas: Findings from the Survey of Internal Migration and Health in China.”  International Journal of Public Health 57(4):691-698.
  • Treiman, Donald J.  2012.  “The ‘Difference Between Heaven and Earth’: Urban-rural Disparities in Well-being in China.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility: Special Issue on Inequality Across the Globe 30(1):33-47.  [An earlier, more comprehensive, version is available at Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2011-006.]
  • Treiman, Donald J., Lu Yao, and Yaqiang Qi.  2011.  “New Approaches to Demographic Data Collection.”  In Frontiers of Demography, edited by Zai Liang.  Beijing: People’s University Press, Beijing (in Chinese).  [Also, in English at Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2009-022.  A slightly shortened English-language version appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of the Chinese Sociological Review 44(3):56-.]
  • Treiman, Donald J., Perry Peifeng Hu, Yao Lu, William M. Mason, Yaqiang Qi, and Shige Song.  2009.  “Determinants and Consequences of Peasant Labor Migration in Contemporary China.”  Paper presented at the Spring Meeting of  the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28), Beijing, 14-16 May.  [Also presented as Treiman, Donald J., and Lu Yao.  2009.  “The Effect of Internal Migration in China on Socioeconomic Outcomes and the Level of Living.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Detroit, 29 April – 2 May.]  [Powerpoint]
  • Treiman, Donald J.  2009.  “Types of Internal Migration in Contemporary China.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Detroit, 29 April – May 2. [Powerpoint]
  • Lu, Yao, and Donald J. Treiman.  2008.  “The Effect of Sibship Size on Educational Attainment in China: Cohort Variations.”  American Sociological Review 73(5):813-834.
  • Treiman, Donald J.  2007.  “Growth and Determinants of Literacy in China.”  Pp. 135-153 in Education and Reform in China, edited by Emily Hannum and Albert Park.  Oxford: Routledge.  [Also Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR- 2002-005.]
  • Wu, Xiaogang, and Donald J. Treiman.  2007.  “Inequality and Equality under Chinese Socialism: The Hukou System and Intergenerational Occupational Mobility.”  American Journal of Sociology 113(2):415-445.
  • 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 1:81-111.  [Also Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2005-006.]
  • Wu, Xiaogang, and Donald J. Treiman.  2004.  “The Household Registration System and Social Stratification in China: 1955-1996.”  Demography 41:363-384.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cross-national and cross-temporal comparisons

  • Evans, M. D. R., Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, and Donald J. Treiman. 2015. “Scholarly Culture and Occupational Success in 31 Societies.” Current Sociology 14(2):176-218.
  • Treiman, Donald J., and Harry B. G. Ganzeboom.  2013.  “Educational Achievement in Comparative Perspective.”  Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working PaperPWP-CCPR-2013-017.]
  • Evans, M. D. R., Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, and Donald J Treiman.  2010.  “Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28(2):171-97.
  • 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.
  • Treiman, Donald J., Harry B. G. Ganzeboom, and Susanne Rijken.  1998.  “Educational Expansion and Educational Achievement in Comparative Perspective.”  Paper presented at a meeting of the Research Committee on Social Stratification and Social Mobility, Taipei, 7-9 January.  [Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2003-007.]
  • Ganzeboom, Harry B. G., and Donald J. Treiman.  1996.  “Internationally Comparable Measures of Occupational Status for the 1988 International Standard Classification of Occupations.”   Social Science Research 25:201-239.
  • Ganzeboom, Harry B.G., and Donald J. Treiman. 1996.  “Tendenze lineari di lungo periodo nel conseguimento di status in Italia” (“Long Term Linear  Trends in Status Attainment in Italy”).  Pp. 187-219 in Teoria sociologica e stratificazione sociale (Sociological Theory and Social Stratification),  edited by Carlo Mongardini.  Rome: Nuova Italia Scientifica.
  • Ganzeboom, Harry B. G., and Donald J. Treiman.  1993.  “Preliminary Results on Educational Expansion and Educational Achievement in Comparative Perspective.”  Pp. 467-506 in Solidarity of Generations: Demographic, Economic and Social Change, and Its Consequences, edited by Henk A. Becker and Piet L. J. Hermkens.  Amsterdam: Thesis Publishers.
  • Treiman, Donald J., and Kazuo Yamaguchi.  1993.  “Trends in Educational Attainment in Japan.”  Pp. 229-50 in Persistent Inequality: Changing Educational Attainment in Thirteen Countries, edited by Yossi Shavit and Hans-Peter Blossfeld.  Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • Ganzeboom, Harry B. G., Paul de Graaf, and Donald J. Treiman.  1992.  “An International Scale of Occupational Status.”  Social Science Research 21:1-56.
  • Ganzeboom, Harry B. G., Donald J. Treiman, and Wout Ultee.  1991.  “Comparative Intergenerational Stratification Research: Three Generations and Beyond.”  Annual Review of Sociology 17:277-302.
  • Ganzeboom, Harry B. G., Ruud Luijkx, and Donald J. Treiman.  1989.  “Intergenerational Class Mobility in Comparative Perspective.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 8:3-84.
  • Treiman, Donald J., and Patricia A. Roos.  1983.  “Sex and Earnings in Industrial Society: a Nine Nation Comparison.”  American Journal of Sociology 89:612-650.
  • Treiman, Donald J.  1970.  “Industrialization and Social Stratification.”  Sociological Inquiry, Special Issue: Stratification Theory and Research 40:207-234.  [Issue reprinted as Edward O. Laumann (ed.),Social Stratification: Research and Theory for the 1970s.  Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.]

South Africa

  • Lu, Yao and Donald J. Treiman. 2011. “Migration, Remittances, and Educational Stratification among Blacks in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Social Forces 89(4):1119-1144.
  • Treiman, Donald J.  2007.  “The Legacy of Apartheid: Racial Inequalities in the New South Africa.”  Pp. 401-447 in Unequal Chances: Ethnic Minorities in Western Labour Markets, edited by Anthony Heath and Sin Yi Cheung.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.  [Also Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2005-032.]
  • Lu, Yao, and Donald J. Treiman.  2007.  “The Effect of Labor Migration and Remittances on Children’s Education Among Blacks in South Africa.”  Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles, 30 March-2 April.  [Los Angeles: UCLA, California Center for Population Research, Population Working Paper PWP-CCPR-2007-001.]
  • Burgard, Sarah, and Donald J. Treiman.  2006  “Trends and Racial Differences in Infant Mortality in South Africa.”  Social Science and Medicine 62:1126-1137.
  • 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.

Eastern Europe

  • 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.
  • Hanley, Eric, and Donald J. Treiman.  2004.  “Did the Transformation to Post-Communism in Eastern Europe Restore Pre-Communist Property Relations?”  European Sociological Review 20:237-252.
  • Treiman, Donald J.  1998.  “Results from the Survey of ‘Social Stratification in Eastern Europe after 1989’: What We Have Learned and What We Should Do Next.”  Pp. 241-251 in Conference Proceedings, Transformation Processes in Eastern Europe (March 6 and 7 1997), Part II: Social Stratification, edited by Paul Nieuwbeerta and Harry B. G. Ganzeboom.  The Hague: NWO.
  • Treiman, Donald J.  1994.  “First Results from the Project: Social Stratification in Eastern Europe after 1989.”  Pp. 17-32 in Transformation Processes in Eastern Europe, 1993 (Proceedings of a NWO Workshop, Utrecht, 16-17 December 1993.)  The Hague: NWO.
  • Treiman, Donald J., and Iván Szelényi.  1993.  “Social Stratification in Eastern Europe after 1989.”  Pp. 163-78 in Transformation Processes in Eastern Europe (Proceedings of a Workshop held at the Dutch National Science Foundation [NWO], 3-4 December 1992).  The Hague: NWO.

 Other

  • Treiman, Donald. 2014. “Likhet Gir Oss Frihet” (“Equality Gives Us Liberty”). Manifest Tidsskrift [online journal, in Norwegian]. Revised version of a paper, “Social Inequality, Social Mobility, and Freedom,” presented at the Norwegian Sociological Association Conference on Freedom and Sociology, Oslo, 3 April 2014 [text]
  • 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.
  • Schenker, Nathaniel, Donald J. Treiman, and Lynn Weidman.  1993.  “Analyses of Public Use Decennial Census Data with Multiply-imputed Industry and Occupation Codes.”  Applied Statistics (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C) 42(3):545-556.
  • Schenker, Nathaniel, Donald J. Treiman, and Lynn Weidman.  1988.  “Multiple Imputation of Industry and Occupation Codes for Public Use Data Files.”  Pp. 85-92 in Proceedings of the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association.  Washington, DC: American Statistical Association.
  • Treiman, Donald J., William Bielby, and Man-Tsun Cheng.  1988.  “Evaluating a Multiple-imputation Method for Recalibrating 1970 U.S. Census Detailed Industry Codes to the 1980 Standard.”  Sociological Methodology 1988 18:309-345.

Sample surveys conducted and other research materials


Sample surveys

  • Internal Migration and Health in China (IMHC), 2008.
  • Life Histories and Social Change in Contemporary China ( LHSCCC), 1996
  • Social Stratification in Eastern Europe ( SSEE), 1993-94.
  • Survey of Socioeconomic Opportunity and Achievement in South Africa (SSOASA), 1991-94.

Other research materials

  • International Stratification and Mobility File (ISMF)
  • Tools for standardizing occupation titles across nations: see the links at the bottom of the ISMF page.

Doctoral students (Ph.D. committees chaired or co-chaired, all but the earliest 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: Evaluation Specialist, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva.
  • Kreidl, Martin. 2005. Inequality in Access to Secondary and Post-Secondary Education in Countries of the Former Soviet Bloc after 1948. Current position: Associate Professor, Office of Population Studies and Department of Sociology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • 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 in Demography 39:763-790). Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Michigan.
  • 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. Current position: Professor, Division of Social Sciences, 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: Research Associate, 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, and Associate Dean of Faculty, 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 Economics, Brooklyn College, CUNY.
  • 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: 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: Research Associate, Carolina Population Center, University of North 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 and Media Information, and Provost, 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.
  • Covello, Vincent.  1973.  Columbia University.  Current position: Director, Center for Risk Communication, New York, New York.