Population Studies & Training Center

  • Race and Inequality seminar series

    This special series at the PSTC will tackle questions of racial inequality in health care, the criminal justice system, and the labor market.

  • 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.

  • Urban Inequality

    A recent workshop at the PSTC brought together social scientists for two days to discuss how best to utilize newly available census data to address wide-ranging questions about urban inequality and segregation.

  • 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.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Research by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft has been named in "Five key things we learned about education in America in 2016." Kraft's study on the importance of school conditions for student achievement shows that individual teacher effectiveness can be minimized by factors such as "an ineffective principal or unclear disciplinary code."

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – An article co-authored by PSTC Alumna Heather Randell "examines the effects of climate variability on schooling outcomes in rural Ethiopia." The paper was recently cited in "Climate Vulnerability: Impacts on rural schooling." Randell's research is also discussed in an interview here

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Changes to the Affordable Care Act could mean big changes for many Americans. Associate Professor of Sociology Margot Jackson and other Brown faculty members weigh in on the potential effects in "What could repeal or reform of the Affordable Care Act mean for Americans?" Jackson says those most affected would likely be adults living in more Republican states. Read more here.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent workshop hosted by the PSTC brought together more than 40 social scientists from across the country to discuss the best ways to utilize newly available data on historical censuses as well as more recent census records. The workshop, "Urban Inequality: Longitudinal, Multilevel, and Spatial Approaches," highlighted breakthroughs on issues related to urban inequality and segregation and addressed some challenges in working with data. Read more.