Population Studies & Training Center

  • Masculinities and male reproductive health

    Matthew Gutmann's research, funded by the Toulmin Foundation, provides an innovative look at male perceptions of masculinities and sexual and reproductive health.

  • PSTC fellows

    Read more about the projects of five trainees who recently completed their PSTC fellowships funded by the NICHD, which provided them time and resources to pursue their research agendas. 

  • Impacts of childhood lead poisoning

    Anna Aizer's research assesses the effectiveness of lead hazard controls and the economic consequences associated with childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island.

  • PSTC Newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the PSTC newsletter, which focuses on population health, inequality, and distribution.

  • Migration, Urbanization, and Health

    The Migration and Health Follow-up Study, led by Michael White, seeks to help inform global health policy by improving understanding of how migration and urbanization impact population health. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent study co-authored by Professor of Sociology Zhenchao Qian addresses the hokou system, a Chinese household-registration system, and its effects on marriages between residents and migrants in Shanghai. The study is covered in "How a little brown book can keep China’s lovers worlds apart," which describes hokou's influence on social stratification and social mobility, and the barrier it creates between couples with different statuses.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Fifty years after the Loving v. Virginia civil rights decision to overturn laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the number of Americans marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity is on the increase. In "Growing acceptance of interracial marriage in US," Professor of Sociology and PSTC Associate Director Zhenchao Qian notes that the increased diversity of American society and growing exposure to people of other races play important roles in the increase. Qian is also quoted in "50 Years Ago, Supreme Court Overturned Laws That Barred Interracial Marriages.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many American farmers rely on temporary laborers to assist with their crops, and with a reduction of availability in domestic labor, many are turning to guest workers to provide a work force. In "Ph.D Candidate Researches Florida’s H-2A Farmworker Program," PSTC Trainee Bryan Moorefield (Anthropology) discusses his research on H2-A visa guest workers in Florida's citrus industry, many of them young men from Mexico. He is comparing this authorized mode of migration with that of unauthorized workers who used to do much of this kind of work. Read more.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Assistant Professor of Education Andrea Flores and Assistant Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs Jayanti Owens have both received Salomon Research Awards from Brown. Flores's project is "Citizen Scholars: Civic Belonging and Latino Students' College Experiences in Tennessee." Owens's is "Exclusionary Discipline: Racial Disparities in How Teachers Evaluate and Sanction Misbehavior."