Social Demography Seminars

The Hybrid Social Demography Seminar (SDS) series at the Center for Population and Development Studies provides 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, Christina CrossJoscha 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).


LUNCH: Provided at all seminars; please bring your own drink or water bottle

TIME: Thursdays, 12:00–1:15 p.m.

REGISTRATION: All attendees (in person and Zoom participants) must register by clicking on the seminar buttons below.

QUESTIONS (or to be added to the email list): Kory Powell at

Fall 2024

We will be posting this fall’s SDS schedule later this summer…please visit again!


Past Social Demography Seminars