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Department of Demography

Core Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography Faculty

The Graduate Group's core faculty consists of Irene Bloemraad, Claude Fischer, Leo Goodman, Joshua Goldstein (Chair), Gene Hammel (emeritus), Heather Haveman, Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Ronald Lee, Sam Lucas, Kristin Luker, Trond Petersen, Ann Swidler, Kenneth Wachter and John Wilmoth. A group of affiliated faculty participates in instruction and dissertation supervision. Note that the most complete accounting of each faculty member's accomplishments and interests can be found on their individual webpages, links given below.


Irene Bloemraad

Irene Bloemraad picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-4287

E-Mail: bloemr@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/irene-bloemraad

Assistant Professor Irene Bloemraad is an alumna of McGill University, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology, and a graduate of Harvard University where she completed a Ph.D in Sociology. She joined the Sociology faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. 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. She is currently working on her first book, an examination of naturalization, advocacy and electoral success among Vietnamese and Portuguese populations in Boston and Toronto. Recently published articles on naturalization, dual citizenship and ethnic organizations have appeared in International Migration Review and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She is currently teaching courses on immigration and research methods and design in the Department of Sociology.


Dennis Feehan

Claude Fischer picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-9800

E-Mail: feehan@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/~dennis

I’m a demographer and quantitative social scientist.

My research interests lie at the intersection of networks, demography, and quantitative methodology. I’m an Assistant Professor of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. In the summer of 2015, I finished my Ph.D. in Demography at Princeton’s Office of Population Research, and I spent the fall of 2015, as a Research Scientist at Facebook.

 

Claude Fischer

Claude Fischer picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-4772

E-Mail: fischer1@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/claude-s-fischer

Professor Claude Fischer arrived at Berkeley in 1972 with an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Most of his early research focused on the social psychology of urban life—how and why rural and urban experiences differ—and on social networks, both coming together in To Dwell Among Friends: Personal Networks in Town and City (1982). In recent years, he has worked on American social history, beginning with a study of the early telephone's place in social life, America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 (1992). Along the way, Fischer has worked on other topics, including writing a book on inequality with five Berkeley colleagues, Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (1996). Fischer was also the founding editor of Contexts, the American Sociological Association's magazine of sociology for the general reader, and its executive editor through 2004.

Fischer has recently co-authored a social historical book, Fischer and Hout, Century of Difference: How America Changed in the Last One Hundred Years (Russell Sage, 2006), which describes the shrinking of old divisions and the widening of new ones among Americans over the twentieth century. He is currently finishing a book titled Made in American: A Social History of American Culture and Character (University of Chicago Press) which analyzes social and cultural change since the colonial era.

Fischer has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in urban sociology, research methods, and American society, and seminars on topics ranging from professional writing to the sociology of consumption.


Neil Fligstein

Neil Fligstein picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-6567; 642-4766 (messages)

E-Mail: fligst@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/neil-fligstein

Professor Neil Fligstein is the Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor. He is also the 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. He has been interested in developing and using a sociological view of how new social institutions emerge, remain stable, and are transformed to study a wide variety of seemingly disparate phenomena including the history of the large American corporation and the construction of a European legal and political system. He has used this framework to create a more general view of how markets and states are mutually constitutive and applied this framework to trying to make sense of how global markets work. He is currently working on three projects.

He has recently completed a book on Europe entitled Euroclash: The EU, European Identity, and the future of Europe (Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 2008). The central theme of the book is to document how European integration in the past 20 years has created a partial integration of European societies along political, economic, but most importantly social lines. Europe has mostly brought managers, professionals, and other highly educated people into contact. It is this 13% or so of the population that is most European. But the remaining population is mostly wedded to conceptions of self that are distinctly national. This explains how the European project is limited. Without a massive change in the way that most people view themselves, it is difficult to see how more political integration will occur.

His second project is to explicate the framework to understand how institutions are formed. He is co-authoring a book with Doug McAdam that is titled A Political-Cultural Approach to the Problem of Strategic Action. This book is a theoretical work that tries to combine insights from institutional theory, social movements theory, and organizational theory to create a general set of understandings of how new social spaces are constructed, maintained, and transformed. At the core of the book, is a distinctly sociological view of social action, one that is based on symbolic interactionism. Professors Fligstein and McAdam think that such a theory can prove very useful to understand strategic action by individuals and groups across a wide variety of social settings, including the organization of markets, politics of all kinds, and social movements.

Finally, Professor Fligstein has extensively studied how American corporations re-organized themselves during the 1980s and 1990s in order to "maximize shareholder value". He is currently working on understanding how the mergers and layoffs used to achieve this end effected the organization of American industries and ultimately working conditions. He has collected a data set on American industries over time. He is exploring if and how changes in industries precipitated by mergers, layoffs, and computerization effected the provision of health and pension benefits, hours of work, and income inequality.



Josh Goldstein

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

Office Phone: (510) 642-9688

E-Mail: josh@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage: http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/goldstein.shtml
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.

Leo Goodman

Leo Goodman picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-5988

E-Mail: lgoodman@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/leo-goodman

Professor Leo Goodman was born in New York City in 1928; he graduated from Syracuse University in 1948 with an A.B. degree, summa cum laude, in mathematics and sociology; and he received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University in 1950 in mathematics, with special emphasis in mathematical statistics. He was a faculty member at the University of Chicago from 1950 to 1986 in the Statistics Department and the Sociology Department, and he served there as the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor from 1970 to 1986. Starting in 1986, he became a faculty member in the Sociology Department and the Statistics Department at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is the Class of 1938 Professor.

Goodman was also at Cambridge University in 1953-54 and 1959-60 as a Visiting Professor at Clare College and in the Statistical Laboratory, and at Columbia University in 1960-61 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Mathematical Statistics. He was also at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, in Stanford, California, in 1984-85. He has received a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation, and he has also received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. The University of Michigan conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Science on him, and another honorary degree was also conferred on him by Syracuse University.

Goodman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is also the recipient of various other honors and awards from the American Statistical Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, including the Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Medal presented by the American Statistical Association, and the Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award presented by the American Sociological Association. He has also received the Samuel A. Stouffer Award from the American Sociological Association, the R.A. Fisher Lectureship from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, and the Henry L. Rietz Lectureship from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. The research work that Goodman has done has been concerned with a wide variety of statistical problems, and also with the development of a wide variety of statistical methods for the analysis of data that are of interest in the social and behavioral sciences. He has published approximately 150 articles and four books. His more recent research has been focused mainly on the further development of statistical methods that bring the same kind of rigor to the analysis of qualitative/categorical data that has been available in the analysis of quantitative data. The honors and awards received by Goodman recognize his contributions to statistics, both theoretical and applied, and to the development of new statistical methods for the analysis of social science data, especially the kind of qualitative/categorical data typically obtained via survey research. The honorary degree Doctor of Science, which was recently conferred on him by the University of Michigan, was for "his major contributions to statistics and social and behavioral sciences, and in particular for his development of new methods for the analysis of survey data as a sophisticated branch of statistical science...He has had a profound impact on methods of statistical analysis used in the social and behavioral sciences. In particular, he has had a most important role in elevating the analysis of survey data from an art form to a rigorous branch of statistical science. His work has fundamentally transformed quantitative research methods in the social sciences, particularly in sociology, by providing a set of interrelated statistical tools that enable researchers to examine qualitative/categorical data with scientific rigor. His introduction and further development of these and related tools have led to revolutionary changes in the methods now used in social science research involving categorical data."


Eugene Hammel

Gene Hammel picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Demography core faculty

Office Phone:
E-Mail: gene@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/hammel.shtml

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 and occasionally teachs formal courses. His hobby interests have included amateur radio, rock climbing, hiking, playing the guitar, wine and beer making, gardening, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.


Daniel J. Harding

Daniel J. Harding picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: 510-642-2707
E-Mail: dharding@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/david-j-harding

David Harding studies 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. For prisoner reentry, incarceration, and related research, see www.prisonerreentryresearch.org.


Heather Haveman

Heather Haveman picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-3495

E-Mail: haveman@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/heather-haveman

Professor Heather Haveman is Professor of Sociology and Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a B.A. in history (1982, University of Toronto), an M.B.A. (1985, University of Toronto), and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and industrial relations (1990, University of California, Berkeley). She has worked at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business from 1990 to 1994, at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management from 1994 to 1999, Columbia University's Graduate School of Business from 1998 to 2007 and joined U.C. Berkeley in July 2006.

Professor Haveman's research lies in the macro side of organizational theory. It can best be summarized as the analysis of how organizations, the fields in which they are embedded, and the careers of their members and employees evolve. She investigates questions that relate to organizational stability and change: How strong are the forces that impel or inhibit change in organizational structures, strategies, and actions? What are the consequences of organizational change for organizations themselves and for their employees? Her published studies have investigated California thrifts (1872-1928 and 1960s-1990s), Iowa telephone companies (1900-1917), Manhattan hotels (1898-1990), California hospitals (1978-1991), American magazines (1741-1860), and U.S. electric utilities (1980-1992).

Her current work involves American magazines, U.S. wineries, and Chinese listed firms.


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

E-Mail: johnsonhanks@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage: http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/johnsonhanks.shtml

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

E-Mail: llawton@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage: http:www.techsociety.com
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

E-Mail: rlee@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://ceda.berkeley.edu/People/rlee.html

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.


Mara Loveman

Mara Loveman picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty.

Office Phone: (510) 642-4766

E-Mail: mloveman@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/mara-loveman

Mara Loveman is a political and comparative-historical sociologist with broad interests in ethnoracial politics, nationalism, and the state. 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. 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 M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA and her B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese from UC-Berkeley.


Samuel Lucas

Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty.

Office Phone: (510) 642-4765

E-Mail: lucas@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/samuel-r-lucas

Associate Professor Samuel R. Lucas, completed his B.A. in Religion at Haverford College. He obtained an M.S. and Ph.D. 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. He teaches in the Sociology Department and is an affiliate of the University of California's Survey Research Center.


Kristen Luker

Kristen Luker picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-4038

E-Mail: luker@law.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/kristin-luker

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. She is the author of many scholarly articles, as well as five books: Taking Chances: Abortion and the Decision Not to Contracept (1975), Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood (1984) ,Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy (1996) and When Sex Goes to School (2006). Her newest book, Salsa Dancing Into the Social Sciences, (2008) on how to do social research in an era of info-glut, will be available in August.

Professor Luker has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Sociological Research Association, and was invited to the White House by President Clinton to discuss issues of politics and social policy. She has been awarded grants from the Spencer and Ford Foundations, as well as the Commonwealth Fund, and has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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.


Carl Mason

Carl Mason picture Sociology/Demography Lecturer, Sociology/Demography Lab director, CEDA computing director, Berkeley Population Center computing director.

Office Phone: (510) 642-1255

E-Mail: carlm@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage: http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/mason.shtml

Lab Webpage: http://lab.demog.berkeley.edu/

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).


Trond Petersen

Trond Petersen picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 642-6423

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

Professor Trond Petersen 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 PhD 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) and after coming here he has spent two years teaching in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oslo (1992-93, 1996-97).

Trond Peterson does research in the areas of 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.


Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider picture Currently RWJF Postdoctoral Scholar, starting fall 2014 will be Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty.

Office Phone:

E-Mail: djschneider@berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://sociology.berkeley.edu/faculty/daniel-schneider

Daniel Schneider is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley. He will begin as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley fall 2014. 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.


Anne Swidler

Ann Swidler picture Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography core faculty, Sociology faculty

Office Phone: (510) 644-0858

E-Mail: swidler@berkeley.edu

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

Professor Ann Swidler (PhD UC Berkeley; BA Harvard) studies the interplay of culture and institutions. She asks how culture works–both how people use it and how it shapes social life. Until recently she has worked on American culture, especially the culture of love and marriage. A recent essay, “Saving the Self” (in Madsen, Sullivan, Swidler, and Tipton, eds., Meaning and Modernity, California, 2001) analyzes the demands that contemporary changes in American institutions place on the individualized self. Her most recent book, Talk of Love: How Culture Matters (Chicago, 2001), examines how actors select among elements of their cultural repertoires and how culture gets organized “from the outside in” by Codes, Contexts, and Institutions. In the co-authored Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, she and her collaborators analyzed the consequences of American individualism for individual selfhood, community, and political and economic institutions. With colleagues from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, she is currently engaged in an ambitious project to understand the societal determinants of human health and well being.

Swidler’s current research is on cultural and institutional responses to the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. She is interested in how the massive international AIDS effort in sub-Saharan Africa–the infusion of money, organizations, programs and projects–interacts with existing cultural and institutional patterns to create new dilemmas and new possibilities. She is exploring these issues from two directions:

From the international side, she examines how the international AIDS effort is structured (who provides money to whom, how collaborative networks are structured, how programs get organized on the ground); why some interventions are favored over others; and what organizational forms international funders opt for. From the African side, she is exploring why the NGO sector is more robust in some countries than others; when international AIDS efforts stimulate vs. impede or derail local efforts; and what organizational syncretisms sometimes emerge. She has become fascinated by the “Botswana Paradox”: why Botswana–with ample funding and an honest, effective government committed to fighting AIDS–has utterly failed to slow the epidemic, while other African countries (Uganda most notably, but also Zambia, Tanzania, and parts of South Africa) have had substantially greater success despite much more limited efforts.

Professor Swidler 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.


Kenneth Wachter

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

Office Phone: (510) 642-1578

E-Mail: wachter@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/wachter.shtml
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

Office Phone: (510) 642-9688

E-Mail: jrw@demog.berkeley.edu

Personal Webpage:http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/faculty/wilmoth.shtml
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.  Prof. Wilmoth took a leave of absence from Berkeley during 2005-2007 while working for the Population Division of the United Nations in New York.

Visiting Faculty

Spring 2014

Leontine Alkema

Fall 2013

Robert Chung

Leora Lawton

Spring 2012

Patrick Ball

Fall 2012

Ruth Dixon-Mueller


Faculty Affiliated with the Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography

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