Researchers at UCD


Mathew Creighton



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 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a joint PhD in sociology and demography.  Before joining the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2014, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and a lecturer in the Department of Political and Social Science at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.  In September of 2016, I joined the School of Sociology at University College Dublin.

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



Book Chapters

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. (2016) '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. London, UK: Taylor & Francis Ltd. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

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 (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 (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]