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 seminars occur on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 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 fall seminars will be taking place online. **
Mary C. Waters, PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, and interim director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (2020-2021), will present “Long-term recovery after Hurricane Katrina: Health, geographic mobility and well-being in the mixed methods RISK study.”
Ariela Schachter, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Schachter’s seminar title is “Ancestry, color, or culture? How whites racially classify others in the U.S.”Please REGISTER.
Sharrelle Barber, PhD, assistant professor, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, will present “Racism in the time of COVID-19: Implications for theory, data, and action.” Please REGISTER.
Dustin Duncan, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, will present “…I’m afraid of White people”: Anti-Black racism, police violence and the health and well-being of Black sexual minority men.Please REGISTER.
Neil Mehta, PhD, associate professor, preventive medicine & community health, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, will present “US life expectancy trends and stalling declines in cardiovascular disease mortality.”Please REGISTER.