Gordon F. De Jong, PhD

Gordon F. De Jong

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Demography
Company: Pennsylvania State University
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, United States

Gordon De Jong, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Demography at Pennsylvania State College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in demography education.

Dr. De Jong’s impressive professional history has resulted in a number of accolades and achievements. As a researcher, he received 30 competitively awarded research training grants in demography issues. His research into immigration and international migration has also garnered the attention of his peers while contributing noteworthy, instrumental and key dialogue. Furthermore, Dr. De Jong is proud of founding and directing the graduate program in demography at Pennsylvania State University. He worked at the institution for nearly the entirety of his career, starting as an assistant professor in 1963, and climbing the ranks through the years until retiring as a distinguished professor in 1992. Prior to joining Pennsylvania State University, Dr. De Jong garnered academic experience as an instructor at the University of Kentucky.

In addition to these positions, Dr. De Jong’s vast knowledge in his research areas has also resulted in positions as a research consultant for the Royal Thai Government, the Philippine Government and the Government of South Africa. He has penned a number of books and been a contributor to articles and professional journals. He has co-authored such works as “Economic Self-Sufficiency Among Immigrant TANF-leavers: Welfare Eligibility as a Natural Experiment” for Social Science Research and “Immigrant Redistribution and Life Course Trigger Events: Evidence from US Interstate Migration” for Migration Letters. Dr. De Jong prepared for his career by first earning a Bachelor of Arts from Central College in 1957, and then a Master of Arts and PhD from the University of Kentucky in 1960 and 1963, respectively. He has received such accolades for his work such as the Outstanding Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University, as well as the W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Collaborative Teaching.

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