Population Studies & Training Center

PSTC: 50 Years

Bringing together researchers and questions from diverse disciplines to help understand the world around us.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the PSTC is celebrating with the release of a video that reflects on the rich and productive history of the Center. A new booklet highlights the ongoing integrative and interdisciplinary scholarship conducted by PSTC affiliates. And a reception brought together many current and former PSTC affiliates, including the Center's founder, Sidney Goldstein, for a celebratory evening at the top of the Prudential Tower in Boston during the PAA annual meeting in May.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] PSTC Associate and Professor of Political Science Melani Cammett was promoted by Brown University from associate professor to full professor in July on the tail of publishing two books with Cornell University Press in April. Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in LebanonCammett’s second monograph, “explores how sectarian organizations allocate social welfare goods.” A co-edited book, The Politics of Non-state Social Welfare“highlights the political consequences of the non-state provision of social welfare.”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] A recent article in The Washington Post, “The wealth gap is growing, but poor women see one improvement: healthier babies,” highlights the research of PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Anna Aizer. Despite the widening economic gap in the U.S., disadvantaged mothers have succeeded in narrowing the health gap for their newborns, thanks to assistance from various services as well as social trends like decreased smoking.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] The research of new PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) Elizabeth Fussell has been published in two recent articles. Both articles deal with the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the population in New Orleans and the surrounding area. Read more...