NICHD Predoctoral Fellows

With support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the PSTC population studies training program is one of the longest continuously funded demography training programs in the country, offering up to five graduate fellowships annually.

The relatively small size of the training program guarantees personalized attention, collaborative research opportunities, close faculty mentoring, access to outstanding facilities, and additional financial support for field research, data acquisition, and specialized language or methods courses.

The following trainees are fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year:


Acosta's research interests include inequality, race, ethnicity, political participation, local governance, the relationship between civil society and the state, urban sociology, and political sociology.

Hilary Barker


Barker's research interests are family and work, gender and health, and inequality. She is currently researching paid parental leave policies and class divides in parental investments.

Megan Collier


Collier's work is concerned with how neighborhoods, families, and different forms of capital intersect within the American education system. Her primary focus is on achievement gaps in urban areas and how organizations and institutions perpetuate or mitigate those gaps.

Bryan Natividad