Department of Demography


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.

Demography building(Demography building)
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!