Eileen Patten is a Research Analyst at the Pew Research Center. She graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in English and Sociology with honors. While at the University, she was a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research on the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study, which primarily investigates the phenomenon of unintended pregnancies among young women. She was also a copy editor and co-copy chief at The Michigan Daily, and has interned in the editorial division of Oxford University Press – New York

Jul. 14, 2015

Black child poverty rate holds steady, even as other groups see declines

The share of American children living in poverty has declined slightly since 2010 as the nation’s economy has improved. But the poverty rate has changed little for black children, the group most likely to be living in poverty.

Apr. 14, 2015

On Equal Pay Day, key facts about the gender pay gap

77% of women and 63% of men believe “this country needs to continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace.”

Mar. 19, 2015

How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago

Our analysis finds that Millennials stand apart from the young adults of the Silent generation when it comes to education, employment and home life.

Nov. 21, 2014

How Obama’s executive action will impact immigrants, by birth country

While President Obama’s executive order expanding deportation relief covered people from countries around the world, Mexicans were by far the group that will feel the most impact under existing and new guidelines.

Apr. 21, 2014

Why is the teen birth rate falling?

The teen birth rate has been on a steep decline since the early 1990s. What’s behind the trend?

Nov. 4, 2013

Black president by 2013? Twenty years ago, about half of Americans thought there was a good chance

The historic moment may not have come as a surprise to many. Twenty years ago, about half of Americans (54%) thought the chances were good that we would have a black president by now, according to a 1993 Gallup/CNN/USA Today survey of U.S. adults, while 45% thought the chances were slim.

Aug. 28, 2013

The black-white and urban-rural divides in perceptions of racial fairness

Jul. 22, 2013

Are unauthorized immigrants overwhelmingly Democrats?

Will there be “an electoral bonanza for Democrats” if the nation’s estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants are eventually granted the right to vote? The data provide some insights.

Jun. 28, 2013

How important are pride events to the LGBT community?