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 are geared towards faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and those with other academic appointments (e.g., research scientist or associate). These HYBRID seminars occur on Thursdays, 12:00–1:15 p.m. in the conference room at 9 Bow Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge (masking is optional); online attendance is available via Zoom (registration required). Some of our speakers will be presenting in person at the Center, while others maybe presenting remotely via Zoom. Please click on a seminar “button” from the listing below for specific details on each seminar and for registration links (if applicable).

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

Fall 2023

The schedule and roster of our fall seminar series will be posted here later this summer.

Past Social Demography Seminars