John Iceland

John Iceland

Professor of Sociology and Demography

1002 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

My research and teaching interests lie in demography, social inequality, immigration and incorporation, and urban sociology. I have authored four books on these issues: Race and Ethnicity in America (2017) 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. I am currently Co-Editor of the journal Demography and Vice President of the Population Association of America.

Research Projects

I have ongoing research projects that examine the link between concentrated poverty, segregation, and health, and the impact of growing income inequality on the health and well-being of Americans. My recent research has been supported by a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation.

Professional Awards and Achievements

  • Vice President-Elect and Vice President, Population Association of America (2017-2018)
  • Co-Editor, Demography (2016-2019)
  • Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences, College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State University (2018)
  • Chair-Elect and Chair, Population Section of the American Sociological Association (2015-2017)
  • Elected to the Sociological Research Association (2015)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee to review the Census Bureau’s redesign of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (2014-2016)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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. 2017. Race and Ethnicity in America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Do, D. Phuong, Reane Frank, and John. Iceland. 2017. “Black-White Metropolitan Segregation and Self-Rated Health:  Investigating the Role of Neighborhood Poverty.” Social Science & Medicine.

  • Do, D. Phuong, Reane Frank, and John. Iceland. Forthcoming. “Hispanic Segregation and Poor Health: It’s Not Just Black and White.” American Journal of Epidemiology

  • Iceland, John and Erik Hernandez. 2016. “Understanding Trends in Concentrated Poverty: 1980 to 2014.” Social Science Research 62: 75-95.

  • Light, Michael T. and John Iceland. 2016. “The Social Context of Racial Boundary Negotiations: Segregation, Hate Crime, and Hispanic Racial Identification in Metropolitan America.” Sociological Science 3. DOI 10.15195/v3.a4.

  • Iceland, John. 2014. A Portrait of America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Iceland, John, Daniel H. Weinberg, and Lauren A. Hughes. 2014. “The Residential Segregation of Detailed Hispanic and Asian Groups in the United States: 1980-2010.” Demographic Research 31, 20: 593-624.
  • 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:

demography, social inequality, immigration and incorporation, and urban, community, and spatial sociology

Research Interests:


Social demography, poverty, residential segregation, immigration

Urban, Community, and Spatial Sociology:

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

Social Inequality:

Social demography, poverty, residential segregation, immigration

Immigration and Incorporation:

residential segregation and nativity