Social Demography Seminars

The Social Demography Seminars (SDS) at the Center for Population and Development Studies provide a lively forum for scholars from across the university to discuss in-progress social scientific and population research. Social demography includes work that uses demographic methods to describe and explain the distribution of social goods across populations. The Social Demography Seminar series thus welcomes presentations on a wide variety of topics such as family, gender, race/ethnicity, population health—including mortality, morbidity, and functional health—inequality, im/migration, fertility, and the institutional arrangements that shape and respond to population processes. The long-term goal is to build a broad and multi-disciplinary community of social demographers at Harvard.

The core programming committee includes Jason Beckfield, Mary Brinton, Christina Cross, Sasha Killewald, Joscha Legewie, Daniel Schneider, Mary Waters, and Xiang Zhou, all Harvard sociologists, plus Lisa Berkman, a social epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Elyse Jennings, director of research and a research scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

The seminars occur on Thursdays, 12:00–1:15 p.m. in the conference room at 9 Bow Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge, unless otherwise noted**.  The seminars are geared towards faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and those with other academic appointments (e.g., research scientist or associate).

For additional information or to be added to the email list for announcements, please contact Lesley Harkins.


Our winter/spring 2022 seminar series has concluded for the semester; the fall 2022 seminars will be posted here late summer/early fall.


Winter/Spring 2022

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Paul Y. Chang, PhD, associate professor of sociology, Harvard University, will present Intermarriage, assimilation theory, and the acculturation of global marriage migrants in South Korea. 
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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald, PhD, professor of sociology, Harvard University, and Nino José Cricco, doctoral student in sociology, Harvard University, will present Have changing family demographics narrowed the gender wage gap?
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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Shannon M. Monnat, PhD, associate professor of sociology; Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion & Lerner Center director; and co-director of the Policy, Place and Population Health Lab, Syracuse University, will present Rural population health in the context of drug overdoses, COVID-19, and longer-term mortality trends.
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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Roland J. Thorpe Jr., PhD, professor in the department of health, behavior, and society; and co-director of the DrPH concentration in health equity and social justice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present Approaches to achieve health equity in aging.
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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Deirdre Bloome, PhD, professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School, will present Rising class crystallization? Trends in multidimensional class inequality across racialized/ethnic groups.
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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Fenaba R. Addo, PhD, associate professor of public policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present At the intersection of race, occupational class status, and middle-class attainment.
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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Christina H. Fuller, ScD, associate professor in the department of population health science, Georgia State University School of Public Health, will present Strategies to shift from air pollution injustice to environmental equity.
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Thursday, March 31, 2022 -- HYBRID FORMAT

Susan Dynarski, PhD, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, will present Closing the gap: The effect of reducing complexity and uncertainty in college pricing on the choices of low-income students. This event will take place on Zoom AND at 9 Bow Street.
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Thursday, April 14, 2022 -- HYBRID FORMAT

Sangeetha Madhavan, PhD, professor and chair, African American studies; and professor, sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, will present Parenting from a distance: Children’s living arrangements and migrant well-being in South Africa. This event will take place on Zoom AND at 9 Bow Street. 
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Thursday, April 21, 2022 -- HYBRID FORMAT

Mariana Amorim, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Washington State University, will present Black-white disparities in nuclear family trajectories and parents’ postsecondary transfers to adult children. This event will take place on Zoom AND at 9 Bow Street. 
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Thursday, April 28, 2022 -- HYBRID FORMAT

David Pedulla, PhD, professor of sociology, Harvard University, will present Racial discrimination in context: The role of organizational policies and practices in hiring discrimination. This event will take place on Zoom AND at 9 Bow Street. 

Past Social Demography Seminars