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Assoc Professor Mathew Creighton

Assoc Professor

Mathew Creighton

Associate Professor
School of Sociology
01 716 8440
University College Dublin, School of Sociology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


The links to my personal webpage, CV (.pdf) and a few other bits and bobs can be found to the left:-) How societies welcome newcomers profoundly shapes what happens next. With this in mind, I consider multiple dimensions of the context of reception. Using population-level experiments in the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Norway, I model the way in which anti-immigrant sentiment is selectively expressed and the meaning of masked intolerance for the sociopolitical landscape and, moreover, the immigrant experience. My work explores migrant networks in the US, Mexico and Senegal that, when coupled with multi-dimensional notions of acculturation, shape migration behavior and health on both sides of the border. This reflects a keen interest in how societies marginalize certain groups more broadly - via policy and perception - that informed a recent survey experiment on racialized perspectives of mass incarceration in the US and causal models of recidivism and gender violence in Catalunya, Spain. In this vein, I evaluated the role of public policy in intergenerational processes of social stratification, considering women and indigenous members of post-revolutionary Mexican society. I am an unapologetic, serial collaborator who is dedicated to interdisciplinary perspectives. Reflective of my rejection of any bright lines between the social sciences is my pursuit of peer-reviewed publication in sociology, demography, political science, criminology, public health, history and urban studies. I am the current Editor-in-Chief of the Irish Journal of Sociology, which benefits from a crack team of co-editors and a stunningly talented editorial board. I enjoy teaching a variety of courses, both graduate and undergraduate, on topics ranging from introductory themes to social theory to more methodological content. At the moment, I am particularly fond of a course I teach on lying and deception, but I can't promise I won't change my mind before I update this again. I have directed (and currently direct) numerous undergraduate and master's theses and I've graduated two PhD students of whom I am very fond. A complete list of my current (and past) courses can be found here.I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a joint PhD in sociology and demography. Before being tenured in 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.


  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, School of Sociology, Dublin, Ireland5 Sep 2016
  • Assistant Professor
    University of Massachusetts Boston, Department of Sociology, Boston, United States1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2016
  • Lector
    Pompeu Fabra University, Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials, Barcelona, Spain1 Sep 2010 - 31 Aug 2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Princeton University, Office of Population Research (OPR), Princeton, United States1 Sep 2009 - 31 Aug 2010


  • BA
    Cornell University NY USA
  • MA
    University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin


  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review