About Us

The PSTC, formally established in 1965, is an internationally respected demography research and training center offering:

  • an outstanding interdisciplinary graduate training program
  • a stimulating environment for population-related research and interdisciplinary exchange.
  • research support services.
  • state-of-the-art facilities.
  • support for developing cross-unit collaborations on campus and with institutional partners around the world.

PSTC researchers focus on developing a better understanding of the social structures and systems underlying population structure and well-being, providing a better context in which to consider and debate major social issues and policy. The nature and depth of the connections the PSTC offers for this work are evident in our interdisciplinary faculty projectsresearch themes, and the number of departments represented by our affiliates:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Public Health

The PSTC receives financial support from the following:

  • NICHD Population Center infrastructure grant
  • NICHD training and research grant
  • Hewlett Population training grant
  • Brown University
  • faculty research grants from a variety of public and private sponsors, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation



David SavitzDavid Savitz“Before I arrived at Brown to join the Public Health Program in 2010, I had already been introduced to Michael White, who in turn introduced me to a number of collaborators with shared interests in reproductive health. With his help initially, and the sustained support of Andrew Foster, I have been able to work closely with Susan Short, Anna Aizer, John Logan, and others. The PSTC has supported the identification and development of data resources of shared interest in population research and public health, and we received direct assistance from a PSTC programmer in the preparation of the data for analysis. The PSTC has been extremely helpful in allowing me to integrate into the research community at Brown and helped to shape my research agenda in productive directions.”

David Savitz, Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology and PSTC Associate