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PSTC Researchers attend Migrant Health Mini-Conference in South Africa

December 22, 2022

This October, Professor of Population Studies Mike White and PSTC Postdoctoral Research Associate Chantel Pfeiffer gathered with fellow researchers from the Migrant Health Follow Up Study (MHFUS) for a mini-conference...

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PSTC Researcher Investigates Accessibility of Land Degradation Data in Colombia

November 23, 2022

As part of his ongoing work with the Land Degradation Neutrality Project (Tools4LDN), Interim Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and Assistant Professor of Population Studies Kevin Mwenda and his...

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PSTC Sociologist Investigates the Impact of School Funds

October 17, 2022

PSTC Sociologist Emily Rauscher has received funding from the Gilead Foundation to study how specific uses of school funds affect education and health outcomes.

PSTC Researcher Embarks on an Initiative to Prevent Future Pandemics

October 11, 2022

Mark Lurie, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the International Health Institute at Brown University, has received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a complex simulation model for...

PSTC Researcher Recovers Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas

September 15, 2022

Associate Professor of History Linford Fisher has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to investigate and document Indigenous enslavement in the Americas between 1492 and 1900.

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PSTC to Offer Undergraduate Certificate in Migration Studies

September 2, 2022

For the first time in the Center’s history, this semester, undergraduate students will be eligible to pursue the PSTC’s new Migration Studies Certificate.

PSTC Launches New Undergraduate Fellows Program

August 15, 2022

This summer, the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) launched a new undergraduate research initiative.

PSTC Researcher Investigates Disparities in Postpartum Care

August 3, 2022

Assistant Professor of Population Studies Maria Steenland has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate whether postpartum outcomes vary between foreign-born and U.S.-born low-income women.

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PSTC Welcomes New Staff Members

July 19, 2022

Over the last year, the PSTC is pleased to have welcomed several new staff members.

In the News

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There is an educator shortage in the United States, but it is crucial to understand the details. First, this is about more than teachers.

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The pontiff who looked the other way

January 17, 2023 | The Critic | David Kertzer

The job of a pope is, compared to that of secular leaders, enviably straightforward. He is absolute ruler of a tiny sovereign state with a vast spiritual diaspora. Where the job starts to get more complicated is in times...

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A conversation with physician and public-health researcher Megan Ranney on why the link between mental illness and mass shootings isn’t as clear as we might assume.

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America is failing women’s health

January 9, 2023 | Knowable Magazine | Susan E. Short and Meghan Zacher

The state of women’s health in the US is shocking — even to us, medical sociologists and demographers with a history of studying gender and health.

13 best philosophy and ideas books of 2022

December 22, 2022 | The Times | Oded Galor

Oded Galor's book, "The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality," has been included on The Times' list of Best Philosophy and Ideas Books of 2022.

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Despite an increase in wildfire risk spurred by climate change, Americans are moving to wildfire-prone areas and prioritizing lower housing costs and amenities such as temperate weather and recreational opportunities over...

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Why the US is Having Shortages of Antibiotics Now

December 16, 2022 | CNN.com | Megan Ranney

PSTC Faculty Affiliate Dr. Megan Ranney explains the nationwide antibiotic shortage.

The Times of India interviews PSTC Researcher Elizabeth Fussell about key trends in climate migration.