Population Studies & Training Center

  • Reception at PAA

    Stop by to catch up with PSTC associates, alumni, and friends at the Brown reception during the Population Association of America's annual meeting in Chicago.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PSTC Newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the PSTC newsletter, which focuses on global population health.

  • 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.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Whether a child immigrates to the United States via adoption or with their undocumented parents "has a big impact on that child's prospects." In "Who's Your Mommy and Daddy? For Migrant Children, It Matters," Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver compares the welcome that adopted children receive as opposed to the suspicion often targeted towards children of immigrant workers, which many times hinders their ability to live out the "American Dream."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The dramatic decrease in infant mortality in Finland, which claims the lowest infant mortality rate in the world, has often been attributed to the distribution of cardboard boxes filled with baby essentials and then used as bassinets. "The 'Miracle' of Finnish baby boxes may not be in the box at all" reports there is more to the program than providing supplies. Professor of Economics Emily Oster says the program's medical care and personal contact play an important role.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A program promoting alcohol abstinence among HIV-positive individuals in Kenya could reduce both costs and the spread of HIV. "Curbing alcohol to fight HIV could save money in Kenya" highlights the research of Assistant Professor of Health, Policy and Practice Omar Galárraga, whose new study shows that scaling up the program would save money outweighing the costs. The research was also covered by FuturityMedIndia, and Science Newsline.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many women in India attend lower ranked colleges not because of having lower test scores than their male counterparts, but because of street harassment, which leads them to choose schools along public transportation routes where harassment is less common. In "Safety First: Street Harassment and Women’s Educational Choices in India," PSTC Trainee Girija Borker (Economics) describes her research, which is the "first study to assess the effects of street harassment on women’s college choice."