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.
Abstract for Deirdre Bloome's Seminar
In recent decades, U.S. income and wealth inequality grew, educational attainment rose, and occupational structures shifted. Because these dimensions of social class are intertwined—with higher education often generating higher income, wealth, and occupational prestige—rising inequality in one may have pushed some people toward the tops of multiple hierarchies, and others toward the bottoms of multiple hierarchies (polarizing people in the multidimensional space of class inequality). Are people occupying increasingly consistent positions across multiple class hierarchies? And has this class crystallization trended similarly for Black, White, and Hispanic people, despite their different opportunities, constraints, and initial class positions? We address these questions using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, 1984–2019. Our results suggest that one-dimensional studies do not adequately represent trends in class inequality. We provide methodological tools to foster multidimensional research.