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, 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).

These HYBRID seminars occur on Thursdays.

PLEASE NOTE: for Winter/Spring 2024 seminars will be taking place in William James Hall, Room 450, 33 Kirkland Street, Harvard University campus, Cambridge, MA, and will run from 12:00–1:15 p.m

Lunch will be provided at all of the seminars. Please B.Y.O.B. (beverage and/or bottle).

Please click on the seminar “buttons” from the listing below for specific details and TO REGISTER for each seminar.

**We are requesting that all attendees (both in person and virtual attendees via Zoom) register.**

Our speakers for Winter/Spring 2024 plan to present in person. 

For additional information or to be added to the email list for announcements, please contact Kory Powell at

Winter/Spring 2024


Past Social Demography Seminars