Sulzberger Colloquium featuring Marta Tienda

Romeo & Juliet in the Digital Age: Using Mobile Devices to Track Teen Romance

January 30, 2020
12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Once deemed frivolous, transitory experiences, adolescent romantic relationships are now recognized as key milestones in adolescent development and precursors to healthy adult partnerships. Mobile technologies are appealing for administering surveys to youth because they align with their communication habits and can capture relationship dynamics prospectively. The mDiary Study of Romantic Relationships provides substantive insights about the complexity and fluidity of teen romantic liaisons as well as methodological lessons for survey researchers.

Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and former director of the Office of Population Research. She has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific papers and chapters about U.S. racial and ethnic inequality, international migration, variations in family structure and reproductive behavior, and access to higher education. Her current research focuses on intermarriage, educational opportunity, and the implications of adolescent romantic relationships for emotional and physical wellbeing.
Tienda is past president of the Population Association of America, a former Guggenheim fellow, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.
Currently, she serves as an independent trustee of the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland, and the Robin Hood Foundation. Previously, she served on the boards of Brown University, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.
Tienda received a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.