Population Studies & Training Center

  • Meet our new community members

    The PSTC has welcomed more than 30 people to our community this semester. Meet our new faculty, trainees, visiting scholars, and staff members. 

  • Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment

    This interdisciplinary series tackles the (re)production of gender inequalities within a variety of areas, including health, violence, and economic empowerment.

  • PSTC hosts Population and Environment journal

    Elizabeth Fussell is now editor-in-chief of this publication that showcases research on social demographic aspects of environmental issues.

  • 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. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The 28th International Population Conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, October 29-November 4 with strong representation from PSTC faculty and trainees. The conference, organized by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, takes place once every four years and draws approximately “2,000 population scholars, policy makers, and government officials from around the world to discuss the latest population research and debate pressing global and regional population issues.” Read more.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – For thirty years, the Mexican Migration Project (MMP) has been collecting survey data in Mexico and the United States on Mexico-U.S. migration. It is the longest on-going study of Mexico-U.S. migration and has transformed the way migration is studied. To celebrate the MMP’s thirtieth anniversary, a bi-lingual conference was convened in Mexico City at El Colegio de México (Colmex) October 26-27. Read more.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – John Casterline has been elected the president-elect of the Population Association of America. Casterline, now a professor in population studies in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University, was the PSTC director from 1992-1994. He taught at Brown from 1984-1994 before continuing on to positions at The Population Council and Penn State University. He currently serves as the director of the Institute for Population Research at Ohio State. His one-year term as PAA president-elect will begin January 1. Read more. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – After millions of dollars, political fighting, and thousands of hours implementing new teacher-evaluation  programs, a study by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft found that the programs have done little to improve the accuracy of identifying ineffective teachers. The Washington Post and National Review reference Kraft's study, noting that principals "remained unsure what poor teaching looked like, didn’t want to upset their staffs, and didn’t think giving a negative evaluation was worth the hassle." Read more here.