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John Iceland

John Iceland

Professor of Sociology and Demography

Department Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology

201 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-2821

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D., Brown University, 1997
  2. A.M., Brown University, 1994
  3. A.B., Brown University, 1992

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Iceland's research is in social demography, poverty, residential segregation, and immigration. He is an author of three books on these issues: Portrait of America (2014), Poverty in America (3rd edition in 2013), and Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States (2009), all published by University of California Press. He is on the editorial board of a number of social science journals and has served as an elected member of the Population Association of America Board of Directors and the American Sociological Association Population Section and Community and Urban Sociology Section Councils.

Professional Awards and Achievements

  • Council Member (Elected), American Sociological Association, Population Section (2011-2013) and Community and Urban Sociology Section (2013-2015)
  • Board of Directors (Elected), Population Association of America (2010-2012)
  • Editorial Boards: Demography, Social Problems, Social Science Quarterly, City and Community
  • Grant Review Panels: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Chair) and National Science Foundation
  • Grants: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Census Bureau, Russell Sage Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation
  • Academic Advisory Board, Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Member, National Academies Committee to review the Census Bureau Dynamics of Economic Well-Being Data Collection Program (2007-08)
  • Testimony, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Hearing on Measuring Poverty in America (2007)

Selected Publications

  • Iceland, John. 2014. A Portrait of America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Goyette, Kimberly A., John Iceland, and Elliot Weininger. 2014. “Moving for the Kids: Examining the Influence of Children on White Residential Segregation.” City and Community 13, 2:158-178.
  • Iceland, John. 2013. Poverty in America (3rd Edition). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Iceland, John and Gregory Sharp. 2013. “White Residential Segregation in U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Conceptual Issues, Patterns, and Trends from the U.S. Census, 1980 to 2010.” Population Research and Policy Review.
  • Sharp, Gregory and John Iceland. 2013. “The Residential Segregation Patterns of Whites by Socioeconomic Status, 2000-2011.” Social Science Research 42: 1046-1060.
  • Iceland, John, Gregory Sharp, and Jeffrey M. Timberlake. 2013. “Sun Belt Rising: Regional Population Change and the Decline in Black Residential Segregation, 1970-2009.” Demography 50, 1: 97-123.
  • Iceland, John, Pablo Mateos, and Gregory Sharp. 2011. “Ethnic Residential Segregation by Nativity in Great Britain and the United States.” Journal of Urban Affairs 33, 4: 409-429.
  • Park, Julie and John Iceland. 2011. “Residential Segregation in Metropolitan Established Immigrant Gateways and New Destinations, 1990-2000.” Social Science Research 40, 3: 811-821.
  • Iceland, John and Kyle Anne Nelson. 2010. “The Residential Segregation of Mixed-Nativity Married Couples.” Demography 47, 4: 869-893.
  • Marsh, Kris and John Iceland. 2010. “The Racial Residential Segregation of Black Single Individuals Living Alone.” City and Community 9, 3: 299-319.
  • Iceland, John, Kimberly A. Goyette, Kyle Anne Nelson, and Chaowen Chan. 2010. “Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation and Household Structure: A Research Note.” Social Science Research 39,1: 39-47.
  • Heflin, Colleen M. and John Iceland. 2009. “Poverty, Material Hardship, and Depression.” Social Science Quarterly 90, 5: 1051-1071.
  • Iceland, John. 2009. Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Iceland, John and Kyle Anne Nelson. 2008. “Hispanic Segregation in Metropolitan America: Exploring the Multiple Forms of Spatial Assimilation.” American Sociological Review 73, 5: 741-765.
  • Iceland, John and Melissa Scopilliti. 2008. "Immigrant Residential Segregation in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1990-2000.” Demography 45, 1: 79-94.
  • Iceland, John and Kurt J. Bauman. 2007. “Income Poverty and Material Hardship.” The Journal of Socio-Economics 36, 3: 376-96.
  • Iceland, John and Rima Wilkes. 2006. “Does Socioeconomic Status Matter? Race, Class, and Residential Segregation.” Social Problems 52, 2: 248-273.
  • Iceland, John. 2005. “Measuring Poverty: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations.” Measurement 3, 4: 199-235.
  • Iceland, John, Cicely Sharpe, and Erika Steinmetz. 2005. “Class Differences in African American Residential Patterns in U.S. Metropolitan Areas: 1990-2000.” Social Science Research 34, 1: 252-266.
  • Iceland, John. 2004. “Beyond Black and White: Residential Segregation in Multiethnic America.” Social Science Research 33, 2: 248-271.
  • Wilkes, Rima and John Iceland. 2004. “Hypersegregation in the Twenty-First Century: An Update and Analysis.” Demography 41,1: 23-36.
  • Iceland, John. 2003. “Why Poverty Remains High: The Role of Income Growth, Economic Inequality, and Changes in Family Structure, 1949-1999.” Demography 40, 3: 499-519.
  • Iceland, John, Daniel H. Weinberg, and Erika Steinmetz. 2002.Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation in the United States, 1980-2000.U.S. Census Bureau, Special Report Series, CENSR # 3.

Research Interests:


Social demography, poverty, residential segregation, immigration

Urban and Community Sociology Specialization:

Racial/ ethic residential segregation, immigration and immigrant communities, poverty, social demography

The Stratification and Race/Ethnic/Gender Inequality Specialization in Sociology:

Social demography, poverty, residential segregation, immigration

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