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R.S.  Oropesa   ("Sal")

Professor of Sociology & Demography

702 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1577

Office Hours:

  • By Appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. 1987 Ph.D. University of Washington
  2. 1980 M.A. University of Washington
  3. 1978 B.A. The Ohio State University

Biography:

Research and Teaching Interests

My research examines the consequences of international migration and assimilation (or the lack thereof) for various forms of inequality. Although this research focuses primarily on Latinos in the United States, my interests extend to Latin America as well.

Professional Activities

  • Deputy Editor, Demography (2016-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Family Issues (2001-present)
  • Editorial Board, Sociology of Education (2011-2013)
  • Editorial Board, American Sociological Review (1999-2001)
  • Named to the “List of Excellent Honors Instructors” by the University Scholars Program, The Pennsylvania State University (1993).

Grants

  • “Health and Development of Mexican Children of Immigrants.” 2010-2015. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health [PI: Nancy Landale; Investigators: R.S. Oropesa, Marianne Hillemeier] Sub-project of “Mexican Children of Immigrants Program Project” (P01).
  • "Contexts, Identities, and Economic Outcomes: A Pilot Study of Dominicans in Reading, PA." Russell Sage Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator with Leif Jensen; Investigators: G. DeJong, J. Toribio, J. Cohen).  2003-2004.
  • “Puerto Rican Maternal and Infant Health Project,” National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (principal investigator: Nancy Landale; co-investigators: R.S. Oropesa and Ana Luisa Dávila). 1994-1999.
  • "The Demography of Local Marriage Markets," National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (co-principal investigator with Daniel Lichter). 1992-1994.

Selected Publications in the 21st Century

  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale, and Marianne M. Hillemeier (2017). “How does legal status matter for oral health care among Mexican-origin children in California? SSM – Population Health 3:730-739.
  • Landale, Nancy S., R.S. Oropesa and Aggie J. Noah (2017). "Experiencing Discrimination in Los Angeles: Latinos at the Intersection of Legal Status and Socioeconomic Status." Social Science Research 67:34-48..
  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale and Marianne M. Hillemeier (2016). "Legal Status and Health Care: Mexican-Origin Children in California, 2001-2014. Population Research and Policy Review.
  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale and Marianne M. Hillemeier (2016). "Searching for the Family Legal Status of Mexican-Origin Children: A Primer on Different Measurement Strategies." Journal of Family Issues.
  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale and Marianne M. Hillemeier (2015). "Family Legal Status and Health: Measurement Dilemmas in Studies of Mexican-origin Children." Social Science & Medicine 138:57-67.
  • Landale, Nancy, Jessica Halliday Hardie, R.S. Oropesa, and Marianne M. Hillemeier (2015). "Behavioral Functioning among Mexican-origin Children: Does Parental Legal Status Matter?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 56(1): 2-18.
  • Oropesa, R.S. (2015). "English, Spanish and Ethno-racial Receptivity in a New Destination: A Case Study of Dominican Immigrants in Reading, PA." Social Science Research 52: 132-146.
  • Landale, Nancy, R.S. Oropesa and Aggie Noah (2014). "Immigration and the Family Circumstances of Mexican-Origin Children: A Binational Longitudinal Analysis." Journal of Marriage and Family 76(1): 24-36.
  • Moreno, Martín and R.S. Oropesa (2012). “Ethno-racial Identification in Urban Peru.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 35(7): 1220-1247.
  • Oropesa, R.S. (2012).  “Neighbourhood Disorder and Social Cohesiveness among Immigrants in a New Destination: Dominicans in Reading, PA.” Urban Studies 49(1): 112 – 129.
  • Frisancho Robles, Verónica and R.S. Oropesa (2011). “International Migration and the Education of Children: Evidence from Lima, Peru." Population Research & Policy Review 30(4): 591-618.
  • Oropesa, R.S. and Leif Jensen (2010). “Dominican Immigrants and Discrimination in a New Destination: The Case of  Reading, Pennsylvania.” City & Community 9(3): 274-298.
  • Oropesa, R.S. and Nancy S. Landale (2009). "Why do Immigrant Youths Who Never Enroll in U.S. Schools  Matter? School Enrollment among Mexicans and Non-Hispanic Whites." Sociology of Education 82(3): 240-266.
  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale, and Meredith J. Greif (2008). "From Puerto Rican to Pan-Ethnic in New York City." Ethnic and Racial Studies 31(7): 1315 -1339.
  • Landale, Nancy S. and R.S. Oropesa (2007). "Hispanic Families: Stability and Change." Annual Review of Sociology 33: 381-405.
  • Oropesa, R.S. and Nancy S. Landale (2005). "Equal Access to Income and Union Dissolution among Mainland Puerto Ricans." Journal of Marriage and Family 67(1): 173 - 190.
  • Oropesa, R.S. and Nancy S. Landale (2004). "The Future of Marriage and Hispanics." Journal of Marriage and Family 66(4): 910-926.
  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale, and Tanya Kenkre (2003). "Income Allocation in Marital and Cohabiting Unions: The Case of Mainland Puerto Ricans." Journal of Marriage and Family 65(4): 910 - 926.
  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale, and Tanya Kenkre (2002).  “Structure, Process, and Satisfaction with Obstetricians: An Analysis of Mainland Puerto Ricans.” Medical Care and Research Review 59(4): 412-439.
  • Landale, Nancy S. and R.S. Oropesa (2002).  “White, Black, or Puerto Rican? Racial Self-Identification among Mainland and Island Puerto Ricans.” Social Forces 81(1): 231-254.
  • Oropesa, R.S., Nancy S. Landale, and Ana Luisa Dávila (2001).  “Poverty, Prenatal Care, and Infant Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico.” Social Biology 48(1-2): 44-66.
  • Oropesa, R.S. and Nancy S. Landale (2000).  “From Austerity to Prosperity? Migration and Child Poverty among Mainland and Island Puerto Ricans.” Demography 27(3): 323-338.
  • Landale, Nancy S.,  R.S. Oropesa, and Bridget K. Gorman (2000).  “Migration and Infant Death: Assimilation or Selective Migration among Puerto Ricans?” American Sociological Review 65(6): 888-905.
  • Oropesa, R.S. and Bridget K. Gorman (2000).  “Ethnicity, Immigration, and Beliefs about Marriage as a ‘Tie that Binds’.” In Linda Waite, Christine Bachrach, Michelle Hindin, Elizabeth Thomson, and Arland Thornton (eds.). Ties that Bind: Perspectives on Marriage and Cohabitation. Hawthorne, CA: Aldine de Gruyter.

Courses

  • Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
  • Senior Research Seminar
  • Intermediate Social Statistics
  • Immigration, Assimilation and Inequality
  • International Migration

Research Interests:

Urban social disorder and disorganization, immigrant incorporation and assimilation in new destinations, neighborhood mobilization

Research Interests:

Families, Relationships, and Interpersonal Networks:

Health of immigrant children and families, demography of Latin America

Demography:

Immigrant adaptation, minority families, infant health

Urban, Community, and Spatial Sociology:

Urban social disorder and disorganization, immigrant incorporation and assimilation in new destinations, neighborhood mobilization

Immigration and Incorporation:

international migration, incorporation, assimilation, Latin America