Population Studies & Training Center

  • American Communities Project

    The American Communities Project showcases the program of research coordinated by John Logan, including studies on social and spatial inequalities and school segregation and racial disparities in education.

  • PSTC Newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the PSTC newsletter, which focuses on global population health.

  • Adoptive migration

    In this brief video, Jessaca Leinaweaver discusses her research on migration within Peru as well as from Peru to Spain via both adoption and labor migration and the varying implications for Peruvians in Spain.

  • Race and Inequality seminar series

    This special series at the PSTC will tackle questions of racial inequality in health care, the criminal justice system, and the labor market.

  • Trainee research

    Each year, an NICHD fellowship supports five PSTC trainees, providing them time and funding to pursue their research agendas. Click to read about the projects of recent fellows.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - An article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay and Professor of Education, Public Policy, and Economics John Tyler has topped the National Council on Teacher Quality's list of best teacher quality research for 2016. The study, "Learning job skills from colleagues at work: Evidence from a field experiment using teacher performance data," helped schools pair teachers who struggle with teachers who excel in a particular area and evaluated the resulting on-the-job learning from coworkers. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – More and wider roads can't seem to solve traffic congestion, and self-driving cars won't either. The New York Times' "Self-Driving Cars Can’t Cure Traffic, but Economics Can" cites research by Professor of Economics Matthew Turner. He says the one solution to having too many cars on the roads is increasing the cost of travel during rush hour.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In a culture where marriage is considered a cornerstone of society, single Nigerians are turning to church-based "singles summits" to seek out marriage partners. In "Nigerians heading to church to find love," Professor of Anthropology Daniel Smith notes the culture is shifting from arranged marriages to marriages based on love.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The forced migration of Native Americans via slavery increased greatly following King Philip's War, says Associate Professor of History Linford Fisher in a recent study. In "Colonists shipped Native Americans abroad as slaves," Fisher notes the many New England Native Americans who were forced into slavery and often shipped to the Caribbean, including Natives who surrendered during the war in order to avoid enslavement. Read more here.