About Us

The Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University, formally established in 1965, is an internationally respected demography research and training center offering an outstanding interdisciplinary graduate training program and fostering a stimulating environment for population-related research and education.

The PSTC provides state-of-the-art facilities and research support and maintains a rich forum for interdisciplinary exchange on population-related issues (through events). The Center facilitates the recruitment and development of population-related faculty at Brown and helps develop cross-unit collaborations on campus and with institutional partners around the world.

Reflecting the PSTC's strong connection to three social science departments—Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology—as well as our links to Education, Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, and Public Health, 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 these connections at the PSTC is evident in our signature research themes and interdisciplinary faculty projects.

The center receives financial support from an NICHD Population Center infrastructure grant, NICHD training and  research grant, Hewlett Population training grant, the University, and from 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