Teenage girls walk along the street in South Africa

Galárraga, Kuo and Harrison publish research on economic incentives for young people living with HIV

October 15, 2020

“Expanding HIV prevention options for the population of adolescents living with HIV is a critically important strategy to improve health outcomes for that group, and to reduce further HIV transmission over time.”

Weil and colleagues develop an adjusted measurement of population density

September 29, 2020

By taking geographic, climactic, and ecologic characteristics of land into account, the new measurement offers a more holistic look at land area and population density.

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PSTC welcomes new community members

September 22, 2020

Faculty associates, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, project team members, and staff join the Center community.

Lead author Kevin Mwenda

S4 Findings on Rhode Island and COVID-19

September 11, 2020

A new report by several PSTC faculty and staff affiliates examines the spatial distribution of COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island.

Angie Bengtson

Bengtson investigates risk of cardiometabolic disease amongst HIV-infected pregnant women in South Africa

September 4, 2020

By following a cohort of HIV-infected women alongside a cohort of HIV-uninfected women throughout pregnancy and monitoring development of gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders, Bengtson and her co-...

John Papay headshot

Papay finds widening educational inequality in Massachusetts

June 30, 2020

While Papay and his colleagues found that college enrollment has increased among all student demographic groups, the education system is not yet “the great equalizer” that educator Horace Mann envisioned.

Mason (left) and Cai (right)

Mason teams up with doctoral student to investigate COVID-19 experiences in China

June 12, 2020

The project will integrate interviews, media analysis and observation on the ground to understand how Chinese people in Shanghai with different experiences share and interpret information about COVID-19 during this...

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PSTC trainees graduating

May 22, 2020

Five PSTC trainees will receive their PhDs from Brown this weekend.


PSTC Awards Seed Funding for COVID-19 Research

May 12, 2020

Three faculty associates have received support for research projects exploring COVID-19 and its consequences at the population level.

In the News

Opening Schools And Other Hard Decisions

October 23, 2020 | NPR | Emily Oster

On the podcast Planet Money, PSTC economist Emily Oster discusses her journey to create a COVID-19 School Response Dashboard to provide parents and schools with infection data.

In a podcast interview, faculty associate Emily Oster shares data from her online platform that tracks coronavirus cases in schools around the country.

Faculty associate Megan Ranney says that data surrounding COVID-19 testing on children may only be "catching" symptomatic cases.

Faculty Associate Megan Ranney stresses the importance of masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and argues that these officials are sending the American public the wrong message by failing to follow health precautions.

Faculty associate Megan Ranney comments on the proliferation of ineffective masks in hospitals due to a national N95 mask shortage.

David Kertzer

As one of the first to publish research on the newly unsealed archives of Pope Pius XII, faculty associate David Kertzer explores whether the former Pope displayed indifference to Jewish suffering during the holocaust.

Faculty affiliate John Friedman comments on inequalities in the recovery to an economic crisis like that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From sending kids back to school to flying on an airplane, faculty affiliate Emily Oster explore how everyone make better choices amid the pandemic.