I received my undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1970 and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976. I came to Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor in 1976 and have been here ever since. I served as President of the Population Association of America in 1999. In 2003 I received the Distinguished Career Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2005 I was a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2009 I received the Irene B. Taeuber Award from the Population Association of America, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in demographic Research. And in 2013-2014 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.