Department of Demography



Assistant Professor Posting

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Applications must include a cover letter; Curriculum Vitae; one to three pieces of published or unpublished scholarship (such as full or partial dissertations, articles, and book chapters), preferably single-authored; and three letters of reference.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 members of 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.


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).

New Faculty Member: The Berkeley Department of Demography is delighted to announce that Dennis Feehan, who completed his doctoral work at Princeton University in 2015, will be joining the faculty in January 2016. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Facebook and we look forward to his contributions in big data and other innovative methods of demographic research.

Visiting Faculty:  David Reher will be visiting the Department in the spring 2016, and teaching the Era of Modern Population Growth. 

Grants Awarded

  • Claude Fischer, with Tara McKay (now at Vanderbilt) received an Administrative Supplement, on the parent UCNets award "Understanding how personal networks change," R01AG041955 (Oct 2015).
  • Ron Lee received a grant from NIA R24AG045055, "Formal and informal support systems for the elderly in 50 countries" (Sept 2015)
  • Josh Goldstein and Leora Lawton received a five-year grant from NIA R25AG047848 to create Cal-ADAR: Advancing Diversity in Undergraduate Education.   (Sept 2015)
  • Josh Goldstein is PI on a five-year grant to run summer Berkeley Workshops in Formal Demography, funded by NICHD R25HD083136.  (May 2015)