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 multidisciplinary community of social demographers at Harvard.

The core programming committee includes Jason Beckfield, Mary Brinton, Christina Cross, Sasha Killewald, Joscha Legewie, 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, 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. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and those with other academic appointments (e.g. research scientist or associate) are welcome.

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

Spring 2020

1/30: Jacob Bor, ScD, assistant professor and Peter T. Paul Career Development Professor in the departments of global health (primary) and epidemiology, Boston University, will present “Health divides and political divides.”

2/6: Christina Ciocca Eller, PhD, assistant professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University, will present “Life goes on after dropout: Examining the early life outcomes of four-year students with ‘some college, no degree.'”

2/13: Jayanti Owens, PhD, the Mary Tefft and John Hazen White, Sr. Assistant Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, department of sociology and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, will present “What drives racial/ethnic disparities in school discipline?”

2/20: Elizabeth Frankenberg, PhD, Director, Carolina Population Center, and professor of public policy and sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will present “Long-term dynamics of health, well-being, and population change after a disaster.”

2/27: No Seminar

3/5: Mariana Arcaya, ScD, associate professor of urban planning and public health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present “A long-run view of recovery after Hurricane Katrina: Dimensions and determinants of post-disaster well-being.”

3/12: Ariela Schachter, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Washington University, St. Louis, will present “Not one drop: Uncovering Whites’ contemporary rules of ethnoracial classification in the U.S.”

3/19: No Seminar

3/26: Weihua An, PhD, associate professor, sociology and quantitative theory and methods, Emory University, will present “You said, they said: A framework on informant accuracy with application to studying self-reports and peer-reports of adolescent smoking.”

4/2: Meg Lovejoy, PhD, research program director for the Workplace and Well-being Initiative, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and Pamela Stone, PhD, professor of sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will present TBA.

4/9: Colter Mitchell, PhD, research assistant professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan, will present TBA.

4/16: Gilbert Gee, PhD, professor in the department of community health science, University of California, Los Angeles, will present TBA.

Past Social Demography Seminars