Leticia Marteleto

Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., University of Michigan

Associate Professor of Sociology
Leticia Marteleto



Leticia J. Marteleto (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a research affiliate at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the same university. She is currently serving as Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology. Marteleto was formerly Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan and a Research Associate at the Population Studies Center and Institute for Social Research at the same institution. Prior to that, she taught at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, where she researched issues related to social demography and education. Marteleto has provided consultancy to several organizations, including the United Nations and the Brazilian Ministries of Education and Social Development. Her research has been funded by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Science Foundation (NSF), The Mellon Foundation, among others. Her current research explores the influence of social context and transitions to adulthood on educational inequality in Brazil and in South Africa. One ongoing project examines the school predictors of educational inequity in Latin America. Marteleto’s recent research has appeared in Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, Population and Development Review, Social Forces, Sociology of Education, Research in Social Statification and Mobility and Studies in Family Planning.


Marteleto, Letícia J. and Molly Dondero. "Racial Inequality in Education in Brazil: A Twins Fixed Effects Approach." Demography, Conditionally accepted.

​Marteleto, Letícia J., Shannon Cavanagh, Kate Prickett, and Shelley Clark. “Instability in Parent-child Co-residence and Adolescent Transitions to Adulthood in Urban South Africa.” Studies in Family Planning, Forthcoming.

Clark, Shelley, Cassandra Cotton, and Letícia Marteleto. 2015. “Family Ties and Young Fathers’ Engagement in Cape Town, South Africa.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(2): 575-589. (DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12179) 

Marteleto, Letícia J. and Fernando Andrade. 2014. “The Educational Achievement of Brazilian Adolescents: Cultural Capital and the Interactions between Families and Schools.’’ Sociology of Education 87(1): 16-35.

Marteleto, Letícia J. and Laetícia R. de Souza. 2013. “The Implications of Family Size for Adolescents’ Education and Work in Brazil: Gender and Birth Order Differences.Social Forces 92(1): 275-302.

Lam, David, Letícia J. Marteleto and Vimal Ranchhod. 2013. “The Influence of Older Classmates on Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Cape Town, South Africa.” Studies in Family Planning 44(2): 147-167.

Marteleto, Letícia J. and Molly Dondero*. 2013. “Maternal Age at First Birth and Adolescent Education in Brazil.” Demographic Research 28:793-820.

Marteleto, Letícia J. , Flávio Carvalhaes* and Celia Hubert*. 2012. "Desigualdades de Oportunidades Educacionais dos Adolescentes no Brasil e no México." [Inequality of Educational Opportunity among Brazilian and Mexican Adolescents]. Revista Brasileira de Estudos Populacionais (REBEP) 29(2): 277-302.

Marteleto, Letícia and Laetícia Souza. 2012. “The Impact of Family Size on Children’s Educational Attainment over Time: Assessing the Exogenous Variation in Fertility using Twins in Brazil.” Demography 49: 1453-1477.

Marteleto, Letícia, Denisse Gelber, Celia Hubert and Viviana Salinas. 2012. "Educational Inequalities among Latin American Adolescents: Continuities and Changes over the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility v.30(3): 352-375.

Marteleto, Letícia. 2012. “Educational Inequality by Race in Brazil, 1982–2007: Structural Changes and Shifts in Racial Classification.” Demography v49(1): 337-358.

Marteleto, Letícia, David Lam and Vimal Ranchhod. 2008. “Sexual Behavior, Childbearing and Schooling in Urban South Africa.” Studies in Family Planning v39(4): 351-368.

Lam, David and Letícia Marteleto. 2008. "Stages of the Demographic Transition from a Child's Perspective: Family Size, Cohort Size, and Children's Resources." Population and Development Review v34(2):225-252.

Lam, David and Letícia Marteleto. 2005. "Small Families and Large Cohorts: The Impact of the Demographic Transition on Schooling in Brazil." In Cynthia Lloyd, Jere Behrman, Nelly Stromquist, and Barney Cohen, Editors. The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries: Selected Studies. National Academy of Sciences.

Marteleto, Letícia. 2010. “Family Size, Adolescents’ Schooling and the Demographic Transition: Evidence from Brazil.” Demographic Research v23: 421-444.

Lam, David and Letícia Marteleto.  2006. "A Escolaridade das Crianças Brasileiras durante a Transicão Demográfica: Aumento no Tamanho da Coorte versus Diminuicão no Tamanho da Família”. Pesquisa e Planejamento Econômico (PPE) v36(2): 319-341.

Marteleto, Letícia. 2002. “O Papel do Tamanho da Família na Escolaridade dos Jovens.” Revista Brasileira de Estudos Populacionais, v.19(2).

Marteleto, Letícia and Mary Noonan. 2001. “Las Abuelas como Provedoras de cuidado infantil en Brasil.”In Conceição, Maria Cristina (Ed.) Processos Sociales, Población Y Vida Domestica: Alternativas teóricas y empíricas en las investigaciones sobre la familia. FLACSO - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Mexico.

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