Events Archive


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


Date Presenter(s)
December 6 Nicole Kreisberg, PSTC Predoctoral Trainee in Sociology

October 13: Against Humanitarianism: Cuba’s Quest for Exporting Social Justice through MedicineSean 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 MexicoElyse 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.


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.


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.