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Department of Demography

Demography Faculty

 

The Demography Department's core faculty include Joshua Goldstein (Chair), Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Dennis Feehan, Eugene Hammel (emeritus), Ronald Lee (emeritus), Kenneth Wachter (emeritus), and John Wilmoth (emeritus). Many faculty members in Sociology, Economics, Statistics, Public Health, Public Policy, History, Business Administration, and other schools and departments across campus are affiliated with the Demography department through their participation in:

  • The Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography (GGSD) An interdisciplinary program granting a joint PhD in Demography and Sociology.
  • The Berkeley Population Center (BPC) which supports innovative research in demography across a range of fields including fertility, health, migration, and mortality.
  • The Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) which promotes research in a variety of aging-related areas, including biodemography, demographic modeling and forecasting, and intergenerational transfers. CEDA provides significant support the Human Mortality Database(HMD) and The National Transfer Accounts project (NTA)

Irene Bloemraad

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Associate Professor Irene Bloemraad (GGSD),(BPC) joined the Sociology faculty at UC Berkeley in 2003. She received her B.A (Political Science, 1995) and her M.A. (Sociology, 1996) from McGill University and her Ph.D. (Sociology, 2003) from Harvard University. She Her research focuses on the intersection of immigration and political studies, with particular emphasis on citizenship, participation and the impact migrants have on nationalism and state ideologies.

E-Mail: bloemr@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/irene-bloemraad

Will Dow

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Professor Will Dow (CEDA) is the Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Economics, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging. He joined the Berkeley faculty in the School of Public Health in 2004, after teaching for six years at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale in 1995. His research interests include health economics, international health, and economic demography.

E-Mail: wdow@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://ceda.berkeley.edu/People/wdow.html

Dennis Feehan

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Assistant Professor Dennis Feehan,(BPC) is joining the faculty at Berkeley in Spring 2016. He earned his A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Demography from Princeton University in 2015. His research interests are at the intersection of demography, social networks, sociology, and statistics. His recent work has focused on sampling, mortality, computational social science, and migration. He is currently visiting Facebook as a Research Scientist.

E-Mail: feehan@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/feehan.shtml

Claude Fischer

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Professor Claude Fischer (GGSD),(BPC) joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1972. He holds a B.A. in Sociology (UCLA, 1968) and an M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) in Sociology from Harvard. Most of his early research focused on the social psychology of urban life. In recent years, he has worked on American social history. Fischer was also the founding editor of Contexts, the American Sociological Association's magazine of sociology for the general reader.

E-Mail: fischer1@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/claude-s-fischer

Neil Fligstein

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Neil Fligstein, Professor of Sociology (GGSD) holds B.A. in Psychology (Reed College, 1973), an M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1976 and 1979). He is the Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor and Director of the Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics at the Institute of Industrial Relations. His main research interests lie in the fields of economic sociology, organizational theory, political sociology, and the sociology of work.

E-Mail: fligst@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/neil-fligstein

Josh Goldstein

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Josh Goldstein, Professor and Chair of Demography,(GGSD),(CEDA),(popCenter) 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. He joined the faculty in 2013 after serving as Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. His research interest include fertility, marriage, mathematical demography, racial and ethnic demography, and population aging.

E-Mail: josh@demog.berkeley.edu
Webpage: http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/goldstein.shtml

Leo Goodman

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Leo Goodman, Professor of Sociology and Statistica (GGSD),(BPC), joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1986. He holds an A.B. degree in mathematics and sociology (Syracuse University, 1948) and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, with special emphasis in mathematical statistics ( Princeton University, 1950). He taught previously at the University of Chicago (1950-1986). His research has concerned a wide variety of statistical problems and the development of a wide range of statistical methods for the analysis of data of interest in the social and behavioral sciences. His more recent research has focused mainly on the further development of statistical methods to bring the same kind of rigor to the analysis of qualitative/categorical data that has been available in the analysis of quantitative data.

E-Mail: lgoodman@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/leo-goodman

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.
E-Mail: gene@demog.berkeley.edu
Webpage:
http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/hammel.shtml

David J. Harding

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David James Harding, Associate Professor of Sociology (GGSD),(BPC) joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2013, having previously been on the faculty at the University of Michigan. He holds a B.A. from Princeton (1998), and an M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2005) from Harvard. His research interests include poverty and inequality, urban neighbborhoods, education, incarceration, and prisoner reentry. He uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. His current projects include the social and economic reintegration of former prisoners, neighborhoods and prisoner reentry, the effects of incarceration on crime, employment, and health, causal inference for contextual effects research, for-profit colleges, educational attainment, and labor market outcomes, and the role of neighborhood context in adolescent romantic relationships and sexual behavior.

E-Mail: dharding@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/david-j-harding


Heather Haveman

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Heather Haveman, Professor of Sociology and Business, (GSSD), joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2006. She holds a B.A. in history (University of Toronto, 1982), an M.B.A. (University of Toronto, 1985), and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and industrial relations (University of California, Berkeley, 1990). She previously taught at Duke University (1990-1994), Cornell University (1994-1999), and Columbia University (1998-2007). Her research lies in the macro side of organizational theory: organizational stability and change. Her current work involves American magazines, U.S. wineries, and Chinese listed firms.

E-Mail: haveman@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/heather-haveman

Jennifer Johnson-Hanks

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Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Associate Professor of Demography and Sociology, (GGSD),(PopCenter) 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. Prof. Johnson-Hanks also serves as Associate Dean of Social Sciences.

E-Mail: johnsonhanks@demog.berkeley.edu
Webpage: http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/johnsonhanks.shtml

Leora Lawton

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Leora Lawton, Lecturer in Demography and Sociology, is Executive Director of the Berkeley Population Center (BPC). She received an AB in Economics (UC Berkeley, 1978), an MA in Demography (Hebrew University, 1985), and a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in social demography (Brown University, 1991). She worked for many years in the private sector as a survey research methodologist before returning to academia, although she still has an active consulting business. Her recent research includes work-family balance, but she is interested more broadly in family demography--especially intergenerational relations.

E-Mail: llawton@berkeley.edu
Webpage: http:www.techsociety.com

Ronald Lee

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Ronald D. Lee, the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Family Professor of Economics, and Professor of Demography (GGSD), (CEDA), (PopCenter) holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He Joined the Berkeley faculty in 1979 after teaching for eight years at the University of Michigan. His 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. Prof. Lee is the founder of CEDA and co-founder and co-director (with Andy Mason) of the National Transfer Accounts project (NTA)

E-Mail: rlee@demog.berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://ceda.berkeley.edu/People/rlee.html

Mara Loveman

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Mara Loveman, Associate Professor of Sociology (GGSD),BPC) is a political and comparative-historical sociologist with broad interests in ethnoracial politics, nationalism, and the state. Mara Loveman joined the UC-Berkeley sociology department in Fall of 2013. From 2003-2013, she was a faculty member in the sociology department at UW-Madison. She earned her B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese (UC Berkeley, 1994) and her M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in Sociology from UCLA. Her research interests also include the sociology of development, the demography of ethnoracial difference and inequality, and human rights, with a regional focus on Latin America.

E-Mail: mloveman@berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/mara-loveman

Samuel Lucas

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Samuel R. Lucas, Professor of Sociology (GGSD) completed his B.A. in Religion (Haverford College, 1986). He obtained an M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) in Sociology with a minor in Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of interest are social stratification, sociology of education, research methods, and research statistics. He continues work on stratification in high schools in the United States, and his work on effects of discrimination in the U.S.

E-Mail: lucas@demog.berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/samuel-r-lucas

Kristen Luker

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Kristin Luker is Professor of Sociology and a professor in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (Boalt Hall School of Law) at the University of California, Berkeley (GGSD). She received an A.B. from UC Berkeley in 1968 and a Ph.D. from Yale in 1974. Before joining the Boalt faculty and the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology in 1986, Kristin Luker taught in the sociology department at UC San Diego (UCSD) for 11 years. Her interests include sexual and reproductive behavior, gender, and the relationship between gender and the history of the social sciences in the United States and elsewhere.

E-Mail: luker@law.berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/kristin-luker

Carl Mason

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Carl Mason, Lecturer in Demography (CEDA),(BPC) earned a B.A. in economics, and M.S. in Operations Research and a PhD in Economics, all from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1998. His research interests include population micro simulation, immigration, urban economics, and population aging. Dr Mason also serves as Director of Technology for CEDA and the BPC.

E-mail:cmason@berkeley.edu
Webpage: http://www.demog.berkeley/faculty/mason.shtml>

Jane Mauldon

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Jane Mauldon is Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy. She earned her undergraduate degree from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and her Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where she studied demography and public policy. Her substantive interests are in welfare policy and child and adolescent health, including disabled children and adolescent pregnancy. Her teaching interests include health policy and economics, poverty and public policy, demography, and quantitative methods. Currently, she is serving as the chair of UC Berkeley's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects.

Email: jmauldon@berkeley.edu
Webpage: https://gspp.berkeley.edu/directories/faculty/jane-gilbert-mauldon

Trond Petersen

Trond Petersen
Trond Petersen, Professor of Sociology, (GGSD),(BPC) grew up in Oslo (Norway) and finished undergraduate and masters-level degrees at the University of Oslo before coming to U.S. for graduate studies in 1982. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin (1987). Before coming to Berkeley in 1988 he taught in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University (1985-1988). His research interests focus on social inequality and quantitative methods. He has investigated the role of employer discrimination in creating inequality in wages, hiring, and promotions between men and women, as well as the role of family adaptations in this. He draws on large-scale quantitative data from the U.S. and Scandinavia, including quantitative data on large firms.

E-Mail: trond@haas.berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/trond-petersen

Daniel Schneider

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Daniel Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology (GGSD),(BPC), joined the UC Berkeley faculty in Fall 2014 after two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research here. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University in 2012. His research is focused in the areas of family demography, economic sociology, gender, inequality, and social policy.

E-Mail: djschneider@berkeley.edu
Webpage: http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/daniel-schneider

Ann Swidler

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Ann Swidler, Professor of Sociology (GGSD),(BPC), joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1987, having previously taught at Harvard and Stanford. She received her B.A. from Harvard in 1966 and her M.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) from UC Berkeley. She studies the interplay of culture and institutions and teaches sociology of culture, sociology of religion, and sociological theory. Her interests increasingly touch on political sociology, development, and sociology of science and medicine as well. Her current research is on cultural and institutional responses to the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

E-Mail: swidler@berkeley.edu
Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/ann-swidler

Kenneth Wachter

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Kenneth Wachter, Professor of Demography and Statistics (GGSD),(PopCenter) received a B.A. from Harvard in History and Literature and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Cambridge. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1979 after teaching at Harvard. His research interests include: biodemographic models for the evolution of senescence, analysis of genetic markers affecting outcomes associated with longevity and successful aging, demographic microsimultion of kinship networks, historical demography, and census adjustment.

E-Mail: wachter@demog.berkeley.edu
Webpage:http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/wachter.shtml