Sociology and Demography

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography (GGSD) is an interdisciplinary training program in the social sciences designed for students with broad intellectual interests. Drawing on UC Berkeley's Department of Sociology and Department of Demography, the group offers students a rigorous and rewarding intellectual experience.

The group, founded in 2001, sponsors a single-degree program leading to a PhD in Sociology and Demography. The GGSD helps foster an active intellectual exchange between graduate students and faculty in the two disciplines. In addition, faculty and students associated with the group often maintain close ties with other disciplines both inside and outside the social sciences (for example, economics, anthropology, statistics, public health, biology, and medicine).

The specific emphasis of this academic program is the intersection of the fields of sociology and demography. Potential areas of study include but are not limited to population history; social stratification; inequality; race; ethnicity; causes and consequences of population growth; the demographic transition; population–environment interactions; economic development; immigration; globalization; gender; family; kinship; child welfare; sexuality; intergenerational relations; aging; mortality; health care; fertility, family planning, and birth control; and disability.

Students in the GGSD typically earn both an MA in Sociology and an MA in Demography en route to the PhD in Sociology and Demography; however, an MA in Sociology in not required to earn a PhD in Sociology and Demography.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Sociology and Demography.

Graduate Program

Sociology and Demography: PhD

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Courses

Demography

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Irene Bloemraad, Professor. Immigration, social movements, political sociology, multiculturalism, race and ethnicity, Canada, non-profit organizations, research methods.
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William H. Dow, Professor. Health economics, international health, economic demography.
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Dennis Feehan, Assistant Professor. Demography, social networks, sociology, and statistics.
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Claude S. Fischer, Professor Emeritus. Social networks, American social history, technology, urban sociology, sociology.
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Neil D. Fligstein, Professor. Economic sociology, organizations, methodology and statistics, political.
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Marion Fourcade, Professor. Culture, social theory, political sociology, economic sociology, comparative methods, knowledge and science.
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Joshua R. Goldstein, Professor. Fertility, marriage, social demography, historical demography, population aging, formal demography.
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David Harding, Associate Professor. Poverty, inequality, causal inference, mixed methods, incarceration, prisoner reentry, education, neighborhoods, urban, community, adolescence.
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Heather A. Haveman, Professor. Organizations, economic sociology, entrepreneurship, China, careers and social mobility, gender, social history.
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Rucker Charles Johnson, Associate Professor. Determinants of intergenerational mobility, societal consequences of incarceration, effects of maternal employment patterns on child well-being, socioeconomic determinants of health disparities over the life course.
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Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Professor. Culture, population, social action, intentions, Africa, gender, fertility, marriage.
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Mara Loveman, Associate Professor. Comparative and historical sociology, political sociology, ethnoracial politics, development, demography, Latin America.
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Samuel R. Lucas, Professor. Research methods, demography, sociology, social stratification, sociology of education, and research statistics.
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Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor. Demography, public policy, quantitative methods, health policy and economics, poverty and public policy, the teen-parent component of California_ _s welfare reforms.
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Trond Petersen, Professor. Inequality, comparative gender inequality, hiring, promotions, wages, quantitative methods, social stratification, economic sociology, comparative studies, and quantitative methods.
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Daniel J. Schneider, Assistant Professor. Social Demography, Inequality, Family, Wealth and Household Finance.
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Sandra Smith, Associate Professor. Trust, urban poverty, joblessness, race and ethnic inequality, social capital and social networks.
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Emeritus Faculty

Leo Goodman, Professor Emeritus. Sociology, statistics, log-linear models, correspondence analysis models, mathematical demography, categorical data analysis, survey data analysis, logit models, log-bilinear models, association models.
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Eugene A. Hammel, Professor Emeritus. Kinship, social anthropology, stratification, statistical and formal analysis, computer applications, peasant society and culture, demography, Balkans.
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Ronald D. Lee, Professor Emeritus. Economics, evolutionary theory, mathematical demography, population aging, intergenerational transfers, economic demography, life history theory, population forecasting, national transfer accounts.
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Kristin Luker, Professor Emeritus. Social policy, jurisprudence.
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Kenneth Wachter, Professor Emeritus. Mathematical demography stochastic models, simulation, biodemography, federal statistical system.
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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.
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Contact Information

Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography

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Demography Chair

Jennifer Johnson-Hanks

johnsonhanks@berkeley.edu

Graduate Assistant

Monique Verrier

Phone: 510-642-9800

monique@demog.berkeley.edu

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