Population Studies & Training Center

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab

    Learn more about the data- and science-driven policy reform that RIIPL is working to implement in conjunction with RI policy makers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Participants from 46 countries gathered June 3-16 for the Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), organized by Professor of Anthropology and BIARI Director Matthew Gutmann. The annual Institute brings together early-career scholars to address pressing global issues and "promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement." Read more.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent paper co-authored by Professor of Economics Anna Aizer estimates "the impact of lead on behavior: school suspensions and juvenile detention" and notes that increases in lead levels increases the probabilities of school suspension and juvenile detention. The paper is referenced in "New evidence that lead exposure increases crime." The study has also received coverage from the New York Post and The American Prospectwhich notes Aizer and her co-author are the first researchers to look at this connection.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Poor women of color often "struggle with poverty and oppression as they raise children who in turn face seemingly overwhelming obstacles." In "Teaching 'Stratified Reproduction' in Practice," Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason describes teaching a practicum-based undergraduate seminar she launched with support from Brown's Engaged Scholars Program. Read more.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In "Hungry for shame — who’s trashing America’s school lunch?" Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver addresses the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017 and the roles food can play beyond providing calories and nutrition. "Food is used every day to make powerful political and social statements....Food can be a metaphor for ideological matters such as a free market or public services, rights to access, and of course, income and privilege," she says.