Rachel Franklin

Associate Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4)
Associate Professor (Research) of Population Studies


Rachel Franklin joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2010. She is Associate Director of Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) initiative.

Franklin’s research is centered on the interaction between geography and demography, from spatial analysis methods for population change to migration to the evolution of population composition. Her current research focuses on the measurement, impacts, and demographic sources of population loss in the United States and Europe. Other ongoing work investigates the impacts of college student migration on human capital distribution in the U.S., as well as the shifting geographical patterns of racial/ethnic diversity across U.S. counties and states.

Franklin has also published on migration trends and data in the United States, as well as regional fertility change in Italy. In addition, she maintains ongoing academic and service interests in the disciplines of geography and regional science. She has written about the geography job market, edits the book review section of the Journal of Regional Science, and is executive director of the Western Regional Science Association.

Selected Publications

Faggian, Alessandra and Rachel S. Franklin. “Human Capital Redistribution in the USA: The Migration of the College-Bound,” Spatial Economic Analysis (2014).

Franklin, Rachel S. “An Examination of the Geography of Population Composition and Change in the United States, 2000–2010: Insights from Geographical Indices and a Shift-Share Analysis,” Population, Space and Place (2014).

Cahill, Meagan E. and Rachel S. Franklin. “The Minority Homeownership Gap, Home Foreclosure, and Nativity: Evidence from Miami-Dade County,” Journal of Regional Science, 53: 91–117 (2013).

Franklin, Rachel S. “The Roles of Population, Place, and Institution in Student Diversity in American Higher Education,” Growth and Change, 44: 30–53 (2013).

Franklin, Rachel S. and Matthias Ruth. “Growing Up and Cleaning Up: The Environmental Kuznets Curve Redux,” Journal of Applied Geography, 32: 29–39 (2012).


Europe, Migration, Population diversity and composition, Population loss/decline, Spatial analysis, Spatial Demography, United States