Events Archive

Spring 2018

March 21: Interdisciplinary Migration Working Group: Presentation by PSTC Postdoctoral Research Associate Yun Zhou and Lynette Arnold (Anthropology). 12 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205.

March 20: Counting women beyond survival: Global reproductive governance, health inequalities, and post-abortion care in Senegal, Siri Suh, Assistant Professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies, University of Minnesota. Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment Series, 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205, Mencoff Hall.

March 9: Meditation Break: Mind Yourself. Yoga instructor Elizabeth Maynard will teach meditation and cover specific techniques to help calm the mind and disrupt consuming thought patterns. PSTC trainee, staff, faculty, and visitor all-community event. Please register here. PSTC Seminar Room 205, 12-1 pm. 

March 7: Best Practices for Human SubjectsRepresentatives from the Office of Research Integrity, Jackie Kocab Galligan and Ita Irizarry, will discuss the lifespan of a protocol, including why and how ethical principles are applied to human subjects research. All are welcome to attend; required for all first-year PSTC trainees. Please RSVP here. PSTC Seminar Room 205, 12-1 pm.

CANCELED: March 5: Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) open office hours. PSTC faculty, trainees, and staff can sign up to meet with Ita Irizarry and Jackie Kocab Galligan, IRB managers who review all submissions to the IRB and are the main points of contact for investigators and students who have questions about what requires IRB review or what should be included in submissions. NOTE: Since open office hours have been canceled, if you would like set up an individual appointment, contact

February 28: Who Stays? The Shielding Effects of Interpersonal Connections on Forced Displacement in Medellín, Colombiapresentation by Jerome Marston, PSTC Predoctoral Trainee in Political Science. Interdisciplinary Migration Working Group12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205.

February 23: Contraband Corridor: Making a Living at the Mexico-Guatemala Border, Rebecca Galemba, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. WGAP speaker series co-hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the PSTC. Giddings House 212, Department of Anthropology, 12-1:15 pm. 

February 20: Experiences of Combined Substance Use/Prenatal Care Treatment in Western North Carolina, Bayla Ostrach, Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice, Boston University School of Medicine. Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment Series, 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205, Mencoff Hall.

February 12: Scott Allard – Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty. Discussion of Allard’s book will include PSTC Faculty Associate Michael White as a panelist. Co-sponsored by S4 and the Taubman Center. 4:30-5:30 pm with book signing and reception to follow, Joukowsky Forum Room 155, Watson Institute. 

February 7: Best Practices for Human Subjects Research. Representatives from Brown's Office of Research Integrity will present information about the lifespan of a protocol, including why and how ethical principles are applied to human subjects research. This workshop is required for all first-year PSTC trainees. Register here until the day of the workshop. 1-2 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205.

February 6: Impact of Economic Empowerment and Gender Rights Training on Women in Conflict-Affected Populations in Colombia, Kathryn Yount, Professor of Global Health and Sociology, Emory University. Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment Series, 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205, Mencoff Hall. Add to calendar.

February 2S4 Postdoc Mini-talks by Postdoctoral Trainees Joseph Danko, Daniel Schleith, and Eric Seymour. PSTC Seminar Room 205, 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

February 2: Intolerabilities of Tolerance-Making: The Political and Moral Economy of "Tolerance" in Ethnically Diverse Schools, Inmaculada García Sánchez, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Temple University. WGAP speaker series co-hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the PSTC. Giddings House 212, 12-1:15 pm. Add to calendar.

January 31: Interdisciplinary Migration Working Group: Presentation by PSTC Predoctoral Trainee Benjamin Bellman (Sociology). 12 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205.

January 26: Changing Familial Values and Behaviors in Low-fertility East AsiaSpecial talk by Ming-Chang Tsai, PSTC Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow of Academia Sinica, Taiwan. 12 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205.

January 18: Maximizing Twitter. Wondering how Twitter can help you keep up with the field, improve your professional connections, and disseminate your research to a broader audience? Join us for a discussion with Brown’s social media specialist, John Murphy, on the benefits and functions of Twitter. 1–2 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205. 

January 8-19: GIS Institute. An intensive two-week course focused on visualization, management, and analysis of geographic data. The GIS Instititue is offered twice a year in January and June and is open to the entire Brown University community.


December 11: PSTC Holiday Party. Celebrate the season with tea and treats, along with gingerbread houses and cookies to decorate. Family and friends welcome. 4:30-6 pm, PSTC Lobby. 

December 14: PSTC Trainee Town Meeting. Join us for a PSTC Town Hall-style meeting of predoctoral trainees to discuss what works well at PSTC, any new changes we would like to implement, and an overall discussion of the traineeship. This is a forum to share across departments and disciplines so we can better understand opportunities within the Center, discover chances to collaborate, and ask questions. Please come even if you can only join for part of the meeting. PSTC Seminar Room 205, 12-1 pm. 

December 15: Yoga Lunch Break: Breathe for Less Stress with Jessie Dwiggins, Certified Yoga Instructor. Join the PSTC community to learn yoga movements and breathing techniques to decrease stress, un-bind muscular tension, and ease aches. 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205. No special attire or equipment required. 

October 17: On the Quantity and Quality of Girls: New Evidence on Abortion, Fertility, and Parental InvestmentsS Anukriti, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Boston College; 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205, Mencoff Hall. 

November 14: U.S. Abortion Restrictions and Reproductive AutonomyUshma Upadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science, UC San Francisco; 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205, Mencoff Hall.


September 15: S4 Speaker Series: Mostly Pointless Spatial EconometricsHenry Overman, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics. More information here

October 27: Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) Speaker Series: Geography and GIS: Questions on Discipline and Innovation, Matt Wilson, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky. More information here


October 31: 
Discussion of Joanna Dreby's Everyday Illegal and Peggy Levitt and B. Nadya Jaworsky's "Transnational Migration Studies: Past Developments and Future Trends." 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room. More information here.

December 6: Presenter: Nicole Kreisberg, PSTC Predoctoral Trainee in Sociology, 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room.

October 13: Against Humanitarianism: Cuba’s Quest for Exporting Social Justice through Medicine, Sean Brotherton, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago; 12-1 pm, Giddings House, Department of Anthropology. 

October 20: Lawful Sinners: Reproductive Governance and Moral Agency Around Abortion in Mexico
Elyse Singer, Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Studies, Brown University; 12-1 pm, Giddings House, Department of Anthropology. 

November 17: Communicative Care: Managing Illness Through Everyday Conversations in Transnational Salvadoran Families, Lynnette Arnold, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University; 12-1 pm, Giddings House, Department of Anthropology. 


August 29-30: R Tutorial. Ben Bellman, a PSTC trainee and a graduate student in Sociology, will provide a two-day R-tutorial on the following:  

Alternatively, Chris Bail’s slides provide an intro to R here.

August 31-September 1: PSTC Module: Collecting and Analyzing Digital Trace Data with Chris Bail, Duke University's Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and a member of the interdisciplinary Program on Data Science, the Duke Network Analysis Center, and the Duke Population Research Institute. 

October 11: Communications Series, Part 1: Interdisciplinary Communication. Presenting methods and techniques essential to interdisciplinary communication, including tailoring presentations to specific audiences, effective use of PowerPoint, how to break down complex ideas, and best practices for public speaking. 

October 18: Communications Series, Part 2: Interviewing. Will include a panel consisting of representatives from the career lab, Jessaca Leinaweaver (Anthropology), David Weil (Economics), Michael White (Sociology), and will be facilitated by communications specialist Stefanie Miller.  

October 24: IRB Workshop. Representatives from the University's Office of Research Integrity (IRB) Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) will share essential information about how to be an ethical and effective human subjects researcher. 

October 25: The Research Pitch, Part 1. This workshop session will give trainees the chance to put skills into practice. Each participant will prepare and present a five-minute research pitch and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary audience of peers and faculty. 

November 8: The Research Pitch, Part 2. This workshop session will give trainees the chance to put skills into practice. Each participant will prepare and present a five-minute research pitch and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary audience of peers and faculty. 

November 29: Panel discussion: Finding Yourself in the Field. PSTC faculty and graduate students who have conducted fieldwork and a representative from the Office of Global Engagement will share their experiences and advice on how to prepare for fieldwork, how to cope with issues you could face in the field, and efficient completion of post-fieldwork tasks. 12-1 pm, PSTC Seminar Room 205.


What does racial inequality look like today, and how does it intersect with inequalities related to class, skin color, and other factors? This Spring 2017 series tackles these questions in diverse arenas, from the health care and criminal justice systems to the labor market. Cosponsored by the PSTC, the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

February 8: Deregulated Disparities: The Political Economy of Racial Health Disparities, Abigail A. Sewell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emory University. 

March 22: The Color of Punishment: African Americans, Skin Tone, and the Criminal Justice System, Ellis Monk, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University. 

April 12: How Race and Unemployment Shape Labor Market Opportunities: Additive, Amplified, or Muted Effects? David Pedulla, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University. 


Feb. 24, 9 am-3 pmIntroduction to Web Scraping with R for the Social Sciences. This workshop, led by Yi Qi, Senior GIS and Spatial Analyst for S4 and the PSTC, will introduce basic techniques of web scraping using R. Prior experience in programming is not required by some familiarity with R is helpful. 

March 3, 12-1:30 pm: Urban transportation in India: Mobility and accessibilityAdam Storeygard, PSTC alumnus, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University, will discuss estimating mobility and accessibility indices for 154 large Indian cities using a popular web mapping and transportation service. Part of the PSTC's S4 Colloquium Series. 

March 3, 12-1 pm: The Social life of Stones: Haida Argillite Carving and the Making of Inalienable Commodities. Kaitlin McCormick, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Anthropology and Museum Studies, Brown University, will present her research as part of the PSTC's Working Group on Anthropology and Population (WGAP) Seminar. Held at the Anthropology Department's Giddings House

March 6, 12-1:30 pm: Political Demography event with Jack Goldstone: “A World in Revolution: The Inevitable Backlash against Global Elites.” This talk will show the common demographic factors behind developments leading to populist movements. Part of the politicial demography initiative, a Watson and PSTC partnership. 

March 15, 1-2 pm: Why I Count: Understanding How Demography Can Tell Our Story with Matthew Martinez, S4 Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The PSTC will host a group of undergraduate students from San Antonio, TX, who are interested in demography and spatial research for this event, which will present basic concepts in demography including fertility, mortality, and migration and how researchers use data to tell socially important stories. The speaker will intertwine his own personal biography into the discussion and share his perspectives on why population research is vital to seeking justice and telling individual stories.

March 16-17: Terra Populus Project Workshop: Integrating Population and Environment Data. This two-day workshop (formal presentations, hands-on activities, and one-on-one meetings) provides participants with an introduction to the intricacies of integrating demographic and environmental data—a necessary step in any research that investigates human environment interactions.