The Department of Demography offers an interdisciplinary training program leading to the MA and PhD in demography. Demography is the systematic study of human populations, a topic central to many pressing policy issues such as the economic development of Third World countries, population aging, the environment, health and mortality, family and household change, immigration, and ethnicity. Demography also has strong intellectual and institutional ties to other fields such as sociology, economics, social history, anthropology, biology, public health, and statistics.
There is no undergraduate major in Demography, but the department offers an undergraduate minor in Demography. Seniors may take graduate courses with the consent of the instructor.
Facilities and Library
Training and research explore anthropological, economic, historical, mathematical, statistical, and social aspects of demography. Computer applications — including exploratory statistical analysis and microsimulation techniques — are strongly emphasized. The department has advanced computing facilities consisting of state-of-the-art UNIX workstations and servers, networked PCs, and access to IBM mainframe services. Additionally, the department has its own noncirculating library, the Allan Sharlin Memorial Library, which hosts a wide collection of books and periodicals in the field of demography.
Events and Colloquia
The Demography Brown Bag series is an opportunity for the campus demography community to present either works in progress or completed works in an informal setting. The lectures are hosted during the school year every Wednesday at noon in the Demography Conference Room.
The Demography Mini-Conferences are occasional half-day conferences sponsored jointly by the Department of Demography and the Berkeley Population Center at UC Berkeley, and/or the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA). Noted demographers and scholars from related fields make up the list of invited speakers to this series, which brings together specialists interested in demography from the entire Bay Area, including Stanford University and UC Davis, and beyond. We hold several such events each academic year, in one of the campus' fine meeting spaces. These are half-day gatherings, often starting with an informal buffet lunch (or ending with a networking social), with presentations, moderated discussions, and Q&A from attendees.
Demography: MA, PhD
Faculty and Instructors
Dennis Feehan, Assistant Professor. Demography, social networks, sociology, statistics, sampling, mortality, computational social science, migration, Facebook.
Joshua R. Goldstein, Professor. Fertility, marriage, social demography, historical demography, population aging, formal demography.
Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Associate Professor. Culture, population, social action, intentions, Africa, gender, fertility, marriage.
Leora Lawton, Lecturer.
Magali Barbieri, Visiting Associate Professor.
Robert Chung, Visiting Associate Professor.
Eugene A. Hammel, Professor Emeritus. Kinship, social anthropology, stratification, statistical and formal analysis, computer applications, peasant society and culture, demography, Balkans.
Ronald D. Lee, Professor Emeritus. Economics, evolutionary theory, mathematical demography, population aging, intergenerational transfers, economic demography, life history theory, population forecasting, national transfer accounts.
Kenneth Wachter, Professor Emeritus. Mathematical demography stochastic models, simulation, biodemography, federal statistical system.
John R. Wilmoth, Professor Emeritus. Demography, sociology, methodological research, longevity, life expectancy, mortality differentials, familial resemblance, mortality and life expectancy forcasting, historical population trends, world population growth, international migration forecasting.
Department of Demography
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