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] – On July 1, the PSTC’s Elizabeth Fussell, associate professor of Population Studies (Research), assumed editorial leadership of Population and Environment. A peer-reviewed academic journal, the publication showcases interdisciplinary research on social demographic aspects of environmental issues.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A dramatic decline in international adoptions in the U.S. has occurred in the past decade. Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver writes in "The international adoption rate has plummeted in the US" that abuse cases and failure of adoptive parents to provide post-adoption reports to countries of origin have contributed to other countries' decline in willingness to send children to the U.S.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Teacher evaluation reforms seem to have done little to accurately rate teacher performance and effectiveness, leading to an imbalance in teacher quality distribution. A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft reveals that "evaluators perceive more than 3 times as many teachers in their schools to be below proficient than they rate as such." The study is reported on in "Why principals lie to ineffective teachers," "Principals Are Loath to Give Teachers Bad Ratings," and "What's The Disconnect Between Teacher Evaluations, School Performance?"
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Attending college in a large, vibrant city can boost wages after graduation, says an article in Money, which quotes Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman, a principal investigator for the The Equality of Opportunity Project. The Project seeks to determine which American colleges can help the most children climb the income ladder. A recent study co-authored by Friedman characterizes "intergenerational income mobility" at U.S. colleges.