Department of Demography

Assistant Professor Department of Demography

University of California at Berkeley The Department of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2018. The search is not restricted by subfield and scholars with interdisciplinary interests are encouraged to apply.

Basic Minimum Qualifications: completion of all Ph.D. or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application. Additional Qualifications: completion of all Ph.D. or equivalent degree requirements by the date of hire. We welcome applicants with expected or completed degrees in demography as well as related fields, such as economics, history, population biology, public health, sociology, and statistics.

All application materials must be submitted electronically by October 10, 2017. To apply, please go to the following link:

Applications must include a cover letter; Curriculum Vitae; one to three pieces of published or unpublished scholarship (such as full or partial dissertations, articles, and book chapters), preferably single-authored; and three letters of reference. Applicants are encouraged to submit an optional statement concerning past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service.

All letters will be treated as confidential according to University of California policy and California state law. Please refer all referees, even when letters are provided via a third party (e.g. dossier services or career centers), to the U.C. Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Questions may be addressed to David Murphy, Administrative Officer, Department of Demography, 2232 Piedmont Ave., U.C.B., Berkeley CA 94720- 2120,

The department encourages applications from scholars who may have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off to care for family members, achieved excellence in careers outside academia, or gained experience concerning the barriers facing women and people of color in higher education. Applicants whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education are also encouraged to apply.

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Professor Josh Goldstein has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Josh is one of the six new members elected in the American Academy section that includes Anthropology, Sociology, Demography, and Archaeology.He is one of two Berkeley faculty chosen among the class that covers the Social Sciences.

The American Academy was founded in 1780, as the Revolutionary War drew to a close, by John Adams, George Washington, and others to foster science and the arts in the new nation. It is based in Cambridge, MA., publishes the journal Daedalus, and has an active program of panels and working groups, most recently on the future of public higher education.


June 5-9, 2017 We are pleased to announce our Third Annual Workshop on Formal Demography, to take place June 5-9, 2017, here at the UC Berkeley Campus. Funded by NICHD R25HD083136 and co-sponsored by the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) and the Berkeley Population Center, this workshop will consist of two parts. The first part is a 3-day workshop on formal demographic methods. Trainees will learn a variety of methods and applications with a hands-on active-learning approach. The next two days, Thursday and Friday, June 8-9, will be a conference, with presentations by leading demographers.

•This year's Special Emphasis will be on Fertility Patterns Over Time, organized by Prof. Josh Goldstein (Demography, UC Berkeley) and Dr. Magali Barbieri (INED). Josh Goldstein is the founding director of The Human Fertility Database (HFD)(link is external). HFD is free and user-friendly access to detailed and high-quality data on period and cohort fertility and thus to facilitate research on changes and inter-country differences in fertility in the past and in the modern era.

•For any questions, please write to Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, sends e-mail).

Berkeley Forum on Aging and the Global Economy

The Fourth Annual Global Health Economics Colloquium: The Economics of Non-Communicable Diseases. Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:30 am–5:00 pm. Please join us for an exciting colloquium that brings together experts, policy makers, researchers, and trainees to discuss recent developments in the economics of NCDs and in cost-effectiveness analysis. Drawing upon NCD case studies from around the world, we will explore how high-quality economic evaluations can improve decision-making at regional and national levels. We will discuss new guidelines for cost-effectiveness analysis and the role of economics in reducing health inequality. UCSF Mission Bay, Genentech Hall.  Register at: is external)See this page for more information.  


Population and Incarceration: Video now available!

In case you missed the December conference on this topic, or would like to review some or all of the proceedings, the video recording of the event is now available on our Vimeo channel. To see it, go to is external).  No password is required.


The 70th Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques(link is external) is now accepting applications for summer 2017.  These are 1 to 8 week courses from June 5 to July 28.
U.S. Census Bureau International Workshop Announcement: Understanding the Demographic Dividend, May 8–12, 2017 at our headquarters office near Washington, D.C. The Demographic Dividend refers to the accelerated economic growth that may result from a decline in a country’s mortality and fertility as well as subsequent change in the age structure of the population.  … The workshop will consist of lectures, case studies, discussion, hands-on exercises, and the drafting of a demographic dividend model.  This workshop is designed for analysts, policymakers, and managers working in government agencies (statistics, labor, education, environment, gender, etc.), nongovernmental organizations, and other settings who wish to enhance their knowledge about the demographic dividend.  Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is expected. HOW TO APPLY:  If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a participant for this workshop, please email expressions of interest to sends e-mail) and you will receive an application form. The deadline for submission of applications isMarch 24, 2017. For more information, see: is external)

2017 Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research to be held August 21 – August 25, 2017 at the University of Zürich. For more information, see is external)


Berkeley Population Center presents a half-day mini-conference,


Monday, December 12, 2016 from 12-5pm.

The event takes place at the Faculty Club, Seaborg Room on the UC Berkeley Campus.

Register free online:


Sandra Smith, Nora Broege, David Harding, Heather Harris, Erin Kerrison, and Justin McCrary.



Berkeley Forum on Aging and the Global Economy


The Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) is launching a new intiative, The Berkeley Forum on Aging and the Global Economy (Berkeley-AGE), dedicated to translating demographic research into usable insights to help understand and navigate the challenges of a new era of population aging.  For more information about Berkeley-AGE, including notification of upcoming media events and issue briefs, email sends e-mail).  


Ron Lee

Berkeley Demographer Ron Lee has been elected by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) to be the 2016 Laureate in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of population sciences and distinguished service rendered to the IUSSP.

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The IUSSP Laureate award ceremony for Ron Lee will take place at the 2016
PAA Annual Meeting in Washington DC, on 30 March 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Welcome to Berkeley Demography!

The UC Berkeley demography program is widely regarded as among the best and most creative in the world. We occupy a unique niche in the population studies landscape, with a strong focus on formal demography, population theory, and on the relationship between demographic dynamics and social, cultural, and economic dynamics. Most population training programs focus on individual-level variation within populations: this program takes a more macro approach.

Our graduates occupy not only prominent academic positions at US and international universities, but also hold leadership roles in government, UN agencies, and other research centers. Berkeley demography is unusual not only for its research and training foci, but also for its structure. Unlike most universities in the US, Berkeley has a free-standing department housed in a historic building. We provide students with a campus home, in which they feel a sense of community and camaraderie.

Graduate program applicants for fall 2016 are now being accepted through Dec 15, 2015. See our general admissions page and our admissions FAQ for more information.

NOTE: You can take Demography classes even if you are not a UC student. Try Concurrent Enrollment!