Mary C. Waters

Mary C. Waters

PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, Harvard University


Mary C. Waters is the John Loeb Professor of Sociology, the PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences, and the interim director of the Population Center at Harvard University. A sociologist and demographer, her work has focused on the integration of immigrants and their children, the social determinants of health, immigration policy, disasters and their aftermath, the transition to adulthood, and the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity. The author or co-author of 11 books and over 100 articles, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Her work has been supported by the NIH, the NSF, and the Robert Wood Johnson, Russell Sage, Mellon, Rockefeller, MacArthur and Carnegie Foundations. Waters chaired the National Academy of Sciences Panel on The Integration of Immigrants into American Society (2015). She leads the Risk Project, a longitudinal study of health, mobility and well-being among survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Other current projects include a study of older Latino immigrants and their access to social services (with Rocio Calvo) and a study of the role of legal status and race in the integration of immigrants and their children (with Phillip Kasinitz).