Past Social Demography Seminars

Winter/Spring 2022

1/27: Paul Y. Chang, PhD, associate professor of sociology, Harvard University, presented “Intermarriage, assimilation theory, and the acculturation of global marriage migrants in South Korea.”

2/3: Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald, PhD, professor of sociology, Harvard University, and Nino José Cricco, doctoral student in sociology, Harvard University, presented “Have changing family demographics narrowed the gender wage gap?”

2/10: 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, presented “Rural population health in the context of drug overdoses, COVID-19, and longer-term mortality trends.”

2/17: 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, presented “Approaches to achieve health equity in aging.”

2/24: Deirdre Bloome, PhD, professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School, presented “Rising class crystallization? Trends in multidimensional class inequality across racialized/ethnic groups.”

3/3: Fenaba R. Addo, PhD, associate professor of public policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented “At the intersection of race, occupational class status, and middle-class attainment.”

3/24: Christina H. Fuller, ScD, associate professor in the department of population health science, Georgia State University School of Public Health, presented “Strategies to shift from air pollution injustice to environmental equity.”

3/31 (hybrid): Susan Dynarski, PhD, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, presented “Closing the gap: The effect of reducing complexity and uncertainty in college pricing on the choices of low-income students.”

4/14 (hybrid): Sangeetha Madhavan, PhD, professor and chair, African American studies; and professor, sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, presented “Parenting from a distance: Children’s living arrangements and migrant well-being in South Africa.”

4/21 (hybrid): Mariana Amorim, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Washington State University, presented “Black-white disparities in nuclear family trajectories and parents’ postsecondary transfers to adult children.”

4/28 (hybrid): David Pedulla, PhD, professor of sociology, Harvard University, presented “Racial discrimination in context: The role of organizational policies and practices in hiring discrimination.”

Fall 2021

9/9: Florencia Torche, PhD, professor of sociology at Stanford University, presented “The COVID pandemic and inequalities in infant health.”

9/16: Ohjae Gowen, MA, doctoral student in sociology, Harvard University, and Harvard Pop Center graduate student affiliate, presented “Becoming a father, staying a father: An examination of the cumulative wage premium for U.S. residential fathers.”

9/23: Keletso Makofane, PhD, FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented “Networked resources, causal inference and health: Evidence from population-based studies in South Africa.”

9/30: In Jeong Hwang, MA, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University, and Harvard Pop Center graduate student affiliate, presented “Grandparenthood, grandparenting, and working longer.”

10/7: Ridhi Kashyap, DPhil, associate professor of social demography at the University of Oxford and professorial fellow of Nuffield College, presented “Can the digital revolution promote gender equality?”

10/14: Steven Ruggles, PhD, Regents Professor of History and Population Studies, and director, Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, University of Minnesota, presented “A critique of the Census Bureau’s justification for differential privacy.”

10/21: David Canning, PhD, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Science, and professor of economics and international health in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented “Aging and cognitive decline: Evidence from chess tournaments.”

11/4: Sean Bock, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University, and Jason Beckfield, professor of sociology, Harvard University, and associate director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, presented “American exceptionalism, or Republican exceptionalism? A cross-national analysis of public opinion on health care policy.”

12/2: David Rehkopf, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and population health, medicine (primary care and population health) and, by courtesy, sociology, Stanford University, presented “Build back better for health equity: Lessons from the New Deal.”

12/9: Van C. Tran, PhD, associate professor of sociology and deputy director for the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, presented “New frontiers of integration: Neighborhood diversification in metropolitan New York.” 

Winter/Spring 2021

1/ 21: Christina Cross, PhD, postdoctoral fellow (2019-2022); and assistant professor (beginning 2022) of sociology, Harvard University, presented “Color, class, and context: Examining heterogeneous family structure effects.”

2/4: Ichiro Kawachi, MBChB, PhD, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented “Ten years on: Residential displacement and health outcomes following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.”

2/11: Lingxin Hao, PhD, professor, department of sociology, Johns Hopkins University, presented “A social network model of detecting labor market structure from massive employment relations.”

2/25: Nancy Krieger, PhD, professor of social epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented “COVID-19, structural racism, embodied histories, and the two-edged sword of data.”

3/4: 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, presented “Paradox of privilege: Gender, class and career interruption among high-achieving women.”

3/11: Sandra Susan Smith, PhD, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice; and Faculty Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School; and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, presented “Mobilizing social capital for pretrial release.”

3/25: Colter Mitchell, PhD, research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research, and adjunct research associate professor of sociology at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, presented “The potential (and pitfalls) using epigenetics for examining social and health inequalities.”

4/1: Anna R. Haskins, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Cornell University, presented “Complexity and constraint: College attitudes and expectations among teens of the prison boom.”

4/8: Marie Bragg, PhD, assistant professor, department of population health at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, presented “Food marketing and the Federal Trade Commission: Advancing health equity in the food environment through policy.”

4/15: Adia Harvey Wingfield, PhD, Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences, associate dean for faculty development, and professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, presented “Professional work in a ‘post-racial’ era: Black health care workers in the new economy.”

4/22: Margaret Frye, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, University of Michigan, presented “Educational expansion and family formation in sub-Saharan Africa.”

4/29: Daniel Schneider, PhD, professor of public policy , Harvard Kennedy School, presented “Essential and unprotected: Service sector work in a time of COVID-19.”

Fall 2020

9/10: 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), presented “Long-term recovery after Hurricane Katrina: Health, geographic mobility and well-being in the mixed methods RISK study.”

9/17: Roland Neil, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University, presented “Place-based discrimination in policing.”

9/24: Ethan Raker, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University, presented “Stratifying disaster: State aid, institutional processes, and inequality in American communities.”

10/1: Allison Daminger, PhD student in sociology & social policy, Harvard University, presented “The persistence of gender in cognitive household labor patterns.”

10/8: Ariela Schachter, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Washington University in St. Louis, presented “Ancestry, color, or culture? How whites racially classify others in the U.S.”

10/15: Courtney Cogburn, PhD, associate professor of social work, Columbia University, presented “Racism, culture + health: Conceptual and methodological innovations.”

10/22: Merlin Schaeffer, PhD, associate professor at the University of Copenhagen presented “Healthcare chauvinism during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

10/29: Sharrelle Barber, PhD, assistant professor, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, presented “Racism in the time of COVID-19: Implications for theory, data, and action.” 

11/12: Dustin Duncan, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, presented I’m afraid of White people”:  Anti-Black racism, police violence and the health and well-being of Black sexual minority men. 

11/19: Kristi Williams, PhD, professor of sociology, The Ohio State University, presented Missing links? Social developmental pathways from childhood adversity to later life health.”

12/3: Neil Mehta, PhD, associate professor, preventive medicine & community health, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, presented “US life expectancy trends and stalling declines in cardiovascular disease mortality.”

Winter/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, presented “Health divides and political divides.”

2/6: Christina Ciocca Eller, PhD, assistant professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University, presented “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, presented “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, presented “Long-term dynamics of health, well-being, and population change after a disaster.”

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

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

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

4/2: CANCELED – 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.

4/9: CANCELED – Colter Mitchell, PhD, research assistant professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan.

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

Fall 2019

9/5: David R. Williams, PhD, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and professor of African and African American studies and sociology, Harvard University, presented “The health of population: Understanding the roles of emerging and traditional stressors.”

9/19: Margot Moinester, doctoral student in sociology, Harvard University, presented “Rethinking the U.S. deportation boom.”

9/26: Jared Schachner, doctoral student in sociology & social policy, Harvard University, presented “How educational choice reshapes residential segregation’s causes and consequences: Evidence from Los Angeles County.”

10/3: Linda Zhao, doctoral student in sociology, Harvard University, presented “Ethnic homophily and socioeconomic status in adolescent classroom friendship networks.”

10/10: Kevin Croke, PhD, assistant professor of global health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented “Ethiopia’s expansion of primary health care services: A mixed methods study.”

10/17: Elena Ruíz, PhD, visiting scholar in sociology, Harvard University, presented “The role of epistemic capital in structuring inequality.”

10/24: Letizia Mencarini, PhD, associate professor of demography, department of management and technology, Bocconi University, presented “Trust and fertility in uncertain times.”

10/31: Charles Nelson, PhD, director of research in the division of developmental medicine and the Richard David Scott Professor of Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital, presented “Sensitive periods in human development: The effects of early profound deprivation on brain-behavioral development.”

11/7: Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD, associate professor, department of sociology, University of Chicago, presented “AIDS: An epidemic of uncertainty.”

11/21: Amy Hsin, PhD, associate professor, department of sociology, Queens College, City University of New York, presented “Beyond Dreamers: The under-analyzed complexity of the undocumented youth population.”

12/5: Robert Hummer, PhD, Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented “Health disparities among US adults who will soon transition to middle age (with a lagniappe focusing on Add Health data collection, availability, and future plans).”

Winter/Spring 2019

January 24: Ellis Monk, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at Harvard University, presented “Beyond the binary: Skin tone, discrimination, and health among African Americans.”

January 31: Deborah Carr, PhD, professor and department chair of sociology at Boston University, presented “Love hurts? Family relationships and older adults’ emotional well-being.”

February 7: Joscha Legewie, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at Harvard University, presented “Police violence and the health of Black infants.”

February 14: Robbee Wedow, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, presented “The new genetics of sexual orientation: How large-scale genetic data can help us understand our social world.”

 February 21: Maria Abascal, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University, presented “Diversity or outgroup share? Explaining permitted events and 311 calls in NYC.”

February 28: Claudia Olivetti, PhD, professor, department of economics at Boston College, presented “Social norms, labor market opportunities, and the marriage gap for skilled women.” (co-sponsored with the Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality)

March 7: Jason Boardman, PhD, professor of sociology and director, Health & Society Program, Institute of Behavioral Science at University of Colorado Boulder, presented “A sociological perspective on the utilization of polygenic risk scores across racial and ethnic groups in the United States.”

March 28: Meredith Rowe, EdD, Saul Zaentz Professor of Early Learning and Development at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, presented “Socioeconomic disparities in early language development: Predictors, consequences and considerations for intervention.”

April 4: Marcia Castro, PhD, Andelot Professor of Demography at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented “Implications of Zika virus and congenital Zika syndrome for the number of live births in Brazil.”

April 25: Chen Wei, PhD, professor of sociology, Renmin University of China, and visiting scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute, presented “The two-child policy and fertility in China.”

 May 2: Johannes Giesecke, PhD, professor of sociology, Humboldt University Berlin, presented “Decomposition methods in the social sciences: Old wisdom and new developments.”

Fall 2018

September 13: Understanding ‘No Special Favors’: A quantitative and qualitative mapping of responses to the racial resentment scale presented by Lawrence Bobo, PhD, Harvard College Professor, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University.

September 20: Interior enforcement of immigration: Detentions and deportations, 1988-2010 presented by Margot Moinester, PhD candidate in sociology and doctoral fellow in Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

September 27: Household composition and children’s educational attainment presented by Kristin Perkins, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

October 4: The criminal justice consequences of opioid prescription presented by Alix Winter, PhD candidate in sociology and social policy, Harvard University.

October 11: Bayesian population projections with migration uncertainty presented by Adrian Raftery, PhD, the Boeing International Professor of Statistics and Sociology, University of Washington.

October 18: Social network as safety net: Social network structure and help with daily activities among older adults presented by Katherine Morris, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University.

October 25: Immigration and Black America: Disparate origins, diverse outcomes presented by Tod Hamilton, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Princeton University.

November 1: Mortality declines in Latin America during the 20th century: Implications for current and future changes in longevity presented by Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, PhD, associate professor, Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of California of Los Angeles.

November 8: Activity space, social interaction and health in later life presented by Kathleen Cagney, PhD, director of the Population Research Center at the University of Chicago.

November 15: School-to-work linkages, educational mismatches, and labor market outcomes presented by Thomas A. DiPrete, PhD, Giddings Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

November 29: Hypothesizing upward: US states and population health presented by Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD, professor of sociology at Syracuse University.

December 6: Widening inequalities? Gender, resources during childhood, and adult family formation in the United States presented by Christine Percheski, PhD, associate professor of sociology at Northwestern University.

Spring 2018

February 1: Job loss and attempts to return to work: Exacerbating inequalities across gender and class presented by Sarah Damaske, PhD, associate professor of labor & employment relations, The Pennsylvania State University *co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality.

February 8: Deploying genetics to inform social science presented by Dalton Conley, PhD, Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology, Princeton University.

February 15: Gradual change or punctuated equilibrium? Reconsidering patterns of health in later-life presented by Michal Engelman, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

February 22: Decoding the coding gap: The rise of programming-intensive occupations and the stalled gender revolution presented by Siwei Cheng, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, New York University

March 1: Biosocial pathways to health inequities: How racial discrimination matters presented by Bridget Goosby, PhD, Happold Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

March 8: Intergenerational association of income dynamics: A dyadic group-based approach presented by Xi Song, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, University of Chicago.

March 15: Spring Recess (no seminar).

March 29: Poverty and child development: Causation vs. correlation presented by Greg Duncan, PhD, Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of California-Irvine.

April 5: Rethinking the gendered life course presented by Phyllis Moen, PhD, McKnight Endowed Presidential Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota *co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality.

May 3: “A Nowadays Disease”? Aging, Gendered Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in a rural South African community presented by Sanyu Mojola, PhD, associate professor of sociology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Fall 2017

Sept 14: Why most population health discourse is not very useful presented by Subu Subramanian, professor of population health and geography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Sept 28: Wage stagnation and buyer power: How buyer-supplier relations affect U.S. workers’ wages, 1978-2014 presented by Nathan Wilmers, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University.

Oct 5: The changing demographics of professional membership associations in the United States presented by Kyle Albert, PhD, Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

Oct 12: Housing instability following incarceration and conviction presented by Brielle Bryan, PhD candidate in sociology & social policy, Harvard University.

Oct 19: Who deserves to work? How women develop expectations of childcare support presented by Eunsil Oh, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University (co-sponsored with the Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality).

October 26: WORLDWIDE WEEK AT HARVARD EVENT—Health and aging in Africa: Early results from a longitudinal study, presented by Lisa Berkman, David Canning and Livia Montana.

In 2013, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies launched Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI), the first Health and Retirement (HRS) sister study in Africa. The project is led by an interdisciplinary team of collaborators from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and The INDEPTH Network, a global network of health and demographic surveillance systems. The project aims to identify the biological, social, and economic conditions that shape health in the aging population of Agincourt, South Africa. Major themes include: dementia and cognitive impairment, HIV, cardiometabolic risks and disease, and public policies.

Nov 2: Climate change and migration: New insights from a dynamic model presented by Barbara Entwisle, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nov 9: Black deaths matter: Race, relationship loss, and effects on survivors presented by Debra Umberson, PhD, professor of sociology, and director of the Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Nov. 16: The reversal of the gender gap in education and its consequences for family life presented by Jan van Bavel, professor of demography, University of Leuven, Belgium (co-sponsored with the Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality).

Dec 7: Cross-national comparisons of his and her work and earnings following parenthood presented by Kelly Musick, PhD, professor of policy analysis and management, and director of the Cornell Population Center.

Spring 2017

February 16: Childcare subsidies and intra-family transfers presented by Yulya Truskinovsky, PhD, Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

February 23: Network effects on behavior: How do mechanisms matter? presented by Filiz Garip, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Cornell University.

March 2: A look at the discontented white working-class presented by Andrew Cherlin, PhD, Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University.

March 9: Embodiment by design: An institutional approach to social inequalities in health presented by Jason Beckfield, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, and Associate Director of Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

March 23: Women, work, and care: What can we learn from cross-national comparisons? presented by Janet Gornick, PhD, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, CUNY.

March 30: Fertility and the digital revolution presented by Francesco Billari, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Demography, Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

April 6: Educational gaps in parenting behavior and academic achievement across cohorts: The United Kingdom, 1958-2000 presented by Margot Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Brown University.

April 13: Babies, work, or both? The interdependence of women’s employment and fertility in East Asia presented by Mary Brinton, PhD, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.

May 4: The power of polygenic scores of reproductive behavior and their relationship to fertility traits and education presented by Melinda Mills, PhD, Nuffield Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford.

Fall 2016

Sept 15:  Welcome and general discussion on social demography facilitated by Mary Brinton, PhD, the Reischaer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.

Sept 22:  Disruptions in the life course presented by Juli Simon Thomas, PhD, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

Sept 29:  Work family health: the long arm of early adulthood presented by Lisa Berkman, PhD, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health, and director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

Oct 6: The risk of deportation and the paradox of structural incorporation presented by Asad Asad, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University.

Oct 13: Children and household composition change: Racial disparities, trends, and effects on educational attainment presented by Kristin Perkins, PhD candidate in sociology & social policy, Harvard University.

Oct 20: Market transition, industrialization, and social mobility trends in post-revolution China presented by Xiang Zhou, PhD, assistant professor of government, Harvard University.

Oct 27: Cohort increases in bisexual behavior and identity in the U.S. presented by Paula England, PhD, professor of sociology, New York University.

Nov 3: Falling behind: The black-white wealth gap in life course perspective presented by Sasha Killewald, PhD, professor of sociology, Harvard University.

Nov 10: Deporting the American dream: Immigration enforcement and Latino foreclosures presented by Matthew Hall, PhD, associate professor of policy analysis & management, Cornell University.

Nov 17: Life course transitions and educational assortative mating among Japanese youth presented by Hiroshi Ishida, PhD, visiting scholar in sociology, Harvard University.

Dec 1: Race, nativity, aging and health: Critical demography and life course approaches presented by Tyson Brown, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Duke University.