Researchers at UCD


Mathew Creighton

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Sociology
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168440


My work is concerned with the causes and consequences of immigration.  In the context of destination, I focus on intolerance, anti-immigrant sentiment and the implication of social incorporation for health inequality.  Currently, my research explores the formation of the other, focusing on attitudes toward religion and immigration.  In the context of origin, I consider the role ethnicity, gender, immigration and health in processes of social stratification.  My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals in sociology, demography, public health, history and urban studies.

I enjoy teaching a variety of courses, both graduate and undergraduate, on topics ranging from social theory to research design, statistics and quantitative methods.  I direct numerous undergraduate and master's theses and I have two current and former PhD students of whom I am very fond.

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a joint PhD in sociology and demography.  Before joining the School of Sociology at University College Dublin in 2016, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, a lecturer in the Department of Political and Social Science at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2011.
Title: Best Article in the Journal of Urban Affairs
Year: 2016.
Title: Louis Wirth Best Article Award


Association: Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI), Function/Role: Member
Association: Population Association of America (PAA), Function/Role: Member
Association: American Sociological Association (ASA), Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Creighton, MJ (2016) Cosmopolitans, Educated Liars or Both? An Experimental Approach to Assess Stigma and Support for Muslim Immigrants to the Netherlands. [Invited Oral Presentation], Universidad Carlos III, Madrid - CALMA Seminar Series, Madrid, ES , 21-NOV-16 - 21-NOV-16.
Creighton, MJ (2017) State, Race and Religion: The Role of Social Distance in Masking Antipathy toward Immigrants in the UK. [Invited Oral Presentation], Trinity College Dublin - Sociology Seminar, Dublin, IE , 22-MAR-17 - 22-MAR-17.
Creighton, MJ (2017) Seeds of Brexit: Hidden Opinions among the Intolerant Left. [Invited Oral Presentation], Garrett Fitzgerald School and Lecture, UCD College of Social Science and Law , 30-MAR-17 - 30-MAR-17.


Committee : UCD Assessments Appeals Committee
Committee : Masters Programme Coordinators Committee - UCD School of Sociology
Committee : Committee on Research - UCD School of Sociology


Employer: University of Massachusetts, Boston
Position: Assitant Professor
Employer: Universitate Pompeu Fabra
Position: Lecturer
Employer: Princeton University
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate


Year 2009 Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: Cornell University, NY, USA
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2005 Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Qualification: MA Subject:





Book Chapters

Creighton, M J; Zaval-Rojas, D; Schmidt, P; Brenner, P (2017) 'Analysis of List Experiments' In: Lavrakas, P J; Traugott, M W; Kennedy, C; Holbrook, A L; de Leeuw, E D; West, B T (eds). Experimental Methods in Survey Research: Techniques that Combine Random Sampling with Random Assignment. USA: John Wiley & Sons. [Details]
Creighton, M J; Esping-Andersen, G; Rutigliano, R; van Damme, M (2014) 'Is Fertility Influenced by Couple Instability?' In: Esping-Andersen, G (eds). Fertility decline in Europe: The Case of Spain / El déficit de natalidad en Europa: La singularidad del caso Español. Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain: Obra Social Fundación La Caixa. , pp.79-93 Available Online [Details]
Rodriguez, J; Creighton, M J (2017) 'The impact of imprisonment on IPV offenders' risk of recidivism: An application of two natural experiments in the city of Barcelona' In: Blokland, A A J; van der Geest, V R (eds). The Routledge International Handbook of Life-course Criminology. New York, NY (USA): Routledge. , pp.397-416 Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bazo-Vienrich, A; Creighton, M J (2017) 'What's Left Unsaid? In-group Solidarity and Ethnic and Racial Differences in Opposition to Immigration in the United States'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, . [Details]
Creighton, M J; Post, D; Park, H (2016) 'Ethnic inequality in Mexican education'. Social Forces, 94 (3):1187-1220. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J (2016) 'Prominance and exclusitivity: Identity and opposition to immigration in a multinational context'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42 (3):458-479. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Liu, M-M; Creighton, M J; Riosmena, F; Baizan, P (2016) 'Prospects for the comparative study of international migration using quasi-longitudinal micro-data'. Demographic Research, 35 (26):745-782. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Jamal, A; Malancu, N C (2015) 'Has opposition to immigration increased in the United States after the economic crisis? An experimental approach'. International Migration Review, 49 (3):727-756. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Jamal, A (2015) 'Does Islam play a role in anti-immigrant sentiment? An experimental Approach'. Social Science Research, 53 :89-103. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Goldman, N; Pebley, A; Creighton, M J; Teruel, G; Chung, C (2014) 'The consequences of migration for short-term changes in the health of Mexican immigrants in the US'. Demography, 51 :1159-1173. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J (2013) 'The role of aspirations in domestic and international migration'. Social Science Journal, 50 (1):79-88. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Riosmena, F (2013) 'Migration and the gendered origin of migrant networks among couples in Mexico'. Social Science Quarterly, 94 (1):79-99. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Matthys, C; Quaranta, L (2012) 'Migrants and the diffusion of low marital fertility in Belgium'. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 42 (4):593-614. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Goldman, N; Pebley, A; Chung, C (2012) 'Durational and generational differences in Mexican immigrant obesity: Is acculturation the explanation?'. Social Science and Medicine, 75 (2):300-310. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Goldman, N; Teruel, G; Rubalcava, L (2011) 'Migrant networks and pathways to child obesity in Mexico'. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (5):685-693. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Katz, M; Creighton, M J; Amsterdam, D; Chowkwanyan, M (2010) 'Immigration and the new metropolitan geography'. Journal of Urban Affairs, 32 (5):523-547. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Park, H (2010) 'Closing the gender gap: Six decades of reform in Mexican education'. Comparative Education Review, 54 (4):513-537. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Creighton, M J; Park, H; Teruel, G (2009) 'The role of migration and single motherhood in upper secondary education in Mexico'. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71 (5):1325-1339. Available Online [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Park, H; Raymo, J; Creighton, M J (2009) 'Educational differences in the risk of divorce and their trends across marriage cohorts of Korean women' Gender Studies and Policy Review 2 :6-18. Available Online [Details]


Katz, M; Creighton, M J (2008) Philadelphia Region Benefits from Immigration. Philadelphia, PA (USA): Editorial [Details]
Creighton, M J; Jamal, A (2011) How it became publically acceptable to publically reveal bias against Muslims in America. USA: Editorial Available Online [Details]
Creighton, M J; Jamal, A (2015) Do conservatives really want to ban only Muslim immigrants?. Washington, DC (USA): Editorial Available Online [Details]


Creighton, M J (2009) The Role of Gender, Aspirations, and Family Structure in Mexican Education and Migration. Pennsylvania, PA (USA): Dissertations/Theses [Details]



Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19

Recent Postgraduates

Mariña Fernández Reino (PhD successfully defended 09/2013)
Title of Dissertation: Ethnicity and Education in England: Ethnic Differentials in Academic Progress, Expectations and Choice [Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at UC3M]

Natalia C. Malancu (PhD successfully defended 03/2017)
Title of Dissertation: Labor Market Performance of Immigrants in Countries with a Skill-Selective Immigration Mechanism




Modules Coordinated

201600   SOC40140     Sociology: Dissertation
201600   SOC20270     Sociology: Sociology Health & Inequality
201600   SOC40810     Sociology: Intro Comparative Soc Change
201600   SOC10020     Sociology: Introduction to Sociology