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.

  • Subsidies remove healthcare barriers

    A study by Assistant Professor of Economics Anja Sautmann shows that subsidies help children in Mali recieve the healthcare they need.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Short appointed PSTC director

    Professor of Sociology Susan Short, a long-time faculty associate of the PSTC, assumed leadership of the PSTC on July 1. She replaces Professor of Economics Andrew Foster.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Achievement First, a network of public charter schools in five cities, is looking to expand its presence in Providence. A recent article, "Brown economist to help analyze potential impact of Achievement First expansion," highlights the role that Professor of Economics Justine Hastings will play as one of several experts to provide analysis to the Rhode Island Department of Education about the proposed expansion. Hastings has published extensively about school choice.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Climate change can make it more difficult for some children to get to school, says a recent study co-authored by PSTC Alumna Heather Randell, now a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. In "Could Climate Change Keep Kids Out of School?" Randell addresses the issue of poor nutrition and child development stemming from adverse climatic conditions, as well as child labor needs and difficulty paying school fees for those affected by climate variability.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In the case of unexpected pregnancy, women have the opportunity to opt out of parenthood through abortion. Men don't have that choice if the mother gives birth. "Should Men Be Able to Opt Out of Fatherhood?" references the work of Former PSTC Director and Professor Emerita of Sociology Frances Goldscheider, who was one of the first to propose "financial abortion," in which fathers would have the right to decline the legal rights and responsibilities of fatherhood. 
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Sometimes the effects of an ADHD diagnosis have worse impacts than the actual disorder, says research co-authored by Assistant Professor of Sociology Jayanti Owens. "The Downside of an ADHD Diagnosis" (page 11) reports on the study, which finds that children who are diagnosed with mild ADHD scored lower in math and reading than their undiagnosed peers.