Department of Demography

Core Demography Faculty

The Department of Demography's core faculty consists of Josh Goldstein (Chair), Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Ronald Lee, Kenneth Wachter and Dennis Feehan. A larger group of affiliated faculty participates in instruction and dissertation supervision. Dr. Carl Mason directs the Computer Lab for the Demography Department and for department affiliated research entities.

Josh Goldstein

Josh Goldstein picture Demography Chair, Sociology and Demography Chair, Demography core faculty, Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-9688


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Professor Josh Goldstein earned a B.A. in History from Yale, an M.A. in Demography and Social Sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Demography, UC Berkeley. Currently the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Dr. Goldstein will be joining the Department of Demography in spring 2013.

Eugene Hammel

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Professor Eugene Hammel (emeritus), completed his A.B. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hammel is the founder of the current Demography Department on the Berkeley campus. His main anthropological interests are social structure and kinship, techniques of empirical analysis, stratification, European peasant society, archaeology, evolutionary ecology, and anthropological linguistics. His main demographic interests are anthropological and historical demography and microsimulation techniques.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Wenner-Gren, NSF, the Social Science Research Council, recipient of the Berkeley Citation, the Moses Memorial Lectureship at Berkeley, the Harvey Lectureship at New Mexico, and similar awards and research grants. He has served as chair of the National Research Council Committee on Population, President of the American Ethnological Society, member of the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, chair of the Anthropology section at the National Academy of Sciences, member of the Advisory Committee in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at NSF, and similar national positions. He served as member and head of the executive committee of the Department of Anthropology, Associate Dean of the Graduate Division, co-founder of the Quantitative Anthropology Laboratory and Social Science Computing Laboratory, and de facto head of campus computing operations.

Although formally retired, he continues to pursue research and supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. His hobby interests have included amateur radio, rock climbing, hiking, playing the guitar, wine and beer making, gardening, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Jennifer Johnson-Hanks

Jennifer Johnson-Hanks picture Demography core faculty, Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty, Graduate Advisor for Demography and Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography.

Office Phone: (510) 643-5646


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Associate Professor Jennifer Johnson-Hanks received her BA from Berkeley
(1994) and her PhD from Northwestern (2000), both in Anthropology. She
joined the Berkeley department in 2000. Johnson-Hanks works on the
relationships between culture, institutions, and demographic change.
Particular interests include kinship, reproduction/fertility, and theories
of action. Her first book, Uncertain Honor: Modern Motherhood in an
African Crisis, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006.
Teaching areas include Fertility (220), Household and Family in
Comparative Perspective (165), and Anthropology and Demography (189).
Johnson-Hanks enjoys gardening and cooking.

Leora Lawton

Leora Lawton picture Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, Demography Visiting Associate Professor/Sociology Lecturer

Office Phone: (510) 643-1270


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Leora Lawton started out at UC Berkeley and received an AB in economics in 1978, then lived in Israel for 8 years where she completed an MA in Demography at the Hebrew University in 1985, and from there went to Brown University to earn a doctorate in sociology with an emphasis in social demography in 1991. After spending many years in the private sector as a survey research methodologist, Lawton returned to academia, although she still has an active consulting business, working with a variety of organizations on customer and employee relationships. In the sociology department she has taught Soc 117, Sports as a social institution; Soc 142, Deviance and social control and 2 undergraduate seminars in community-based research, conducting program evaluations for a local non-profit. Her research areas of late include work-family balance, but any area of family demography – especially intergenerational relations – is of interest.

Ronald Lee

Ronald Lee picture Demography core faculty, Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Economics Department faculty, Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) director.

Office Phone: (510) 642-4535


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Ronald D. Lee is the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Family Professor of Economics, Professor of Demography, and Director of the Center on Economics and Demography of Aging at the University of California Berkeley. Professor Lee holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He spent a postdoctoral year at the National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED, France). After teaching for eight years at the University of Michigan, he joined Demography at Berkeley in 1979, with a joint appointment in Economics.

Professor Lee is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and a Corresponding member of the British Academy. His other honors include Presidency of the Population Association of America and its Mindel C. Sheps Award for research in Mathematical Demography, and the Irene B. Taeuber Award for outstanding contributions in the field of demography. He has also chaired the population and social science study section for NIH and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Population, and has served on the National Advisory Committees on Aging and on Child Health and Human Development.

Professor Lee co-directs, with Andy Mason, the National Transfers Accounts project which measures, analyzes and interprets intergenerational economic relations in 40 countries around the world. Other research interests include long-run demographic and fiscal stochastic forecasting; intergenerational transfers; macro consequences of population aging; social security; evolutionary theory of the life cycle; and population and economic development.

Carl Mason

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Demography Lecturer, Demography Lab director, CEDA computing director, Berkeley Population Center computing director.

Office Phone: (510) 280-1522


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Dr Mason holds an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Economics, both from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include population micro simulation, immigration, urban economics, and population aging. His teaching areas include Computing methods and data analsys (Demography 213) and US immigration (Demography 145).

Kenneth Wachter

Kenneth Wachter picture Demography core faculty, Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Statistics Department faculty.

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Professor Kenneth Wachter holds a joint appointment in Demography and Statistics. He received a B.A. from Harvard in History and Literature and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Cambridge, taught at Harvard, and has taught at Berkeley since 1979. Professor Wachter teaches demographic methods and mathematical demography. His current research centers on biodemographic models for the evolution of senescence and on analysis of genetic markers affecting outcomes associated with longevity and successful aging. In collaboration with Eugene Hammel he developed the SOCSIM demographic simulation program and applied it to historical and contemporary family structure and the forecasting of kinship ties in the 21st Century. He is also known for work on census adjustment and statistical methods in endocrinology. Wachter is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the recipient of the 1988 Sheps Award in Mathematical Demography, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as Chair of the Committee on Population of the National Research Council and on the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council, and as a Miller Professor. i He presently handles papers in social sciences on the Editorial Board of the journal PNAS. His textbook Essential Demographic Methods is to be published by Harvard University Press in 2014. He is an enthusiast of mysteries, poetry, beach walking, stargazing, swimming, and poodles.

John Wilmoth

John Wilmoth picture Demography core faculty, Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty.

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John Wilmoth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Demography and a researcher in the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging.  He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology.  He received a B.A. (1984; actuarial science and French) from Ball State University and went on to earn a Ph.D. (1988; statistics and demography) from Princeton University. He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1990.  His teaching has included courses on the causes and consequences of population change, demographic and statistical methods, mortality trends and global health issues, and advances in human reproductive technologies.  Most of his published research concerns trends and variation in levels of human mortality and longevity, including a special focus on methods of demographic estimation.  He seeks to promote demographic research and teaching through the creation and maintenance of publicly accessible data resources, including the Human Mortality Database.  Other research interests include population projection methodologies, population aging, social security, international migration, and assisted reproductive technologies.

Visiting Faculty

Spring 2014

Leontine Alkema

Fall 2014

Robert Chung

Leora Lawton

Spring, 2012

Patrick Ball

Fall, 2012

Ruth Dixon-Mueller

Faculty Affiliated with the Demography Program

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