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The Cornell Population Center (CPC) serves as the intellectual hub for demographic research and training at Cornell University. The CPC supports demographic research relating broadly to four core themes: (1) families and children; (2) health behaviors and disparities; (3) poverty and inequality; and (4) immigration and diversity. The CPC is a university-wide program serving 110 affiliates from 24 different departments and is housed in the College of Human Ecology. Daniel T. Lichter is CPC Director. Erin Oates is CPC Program Administrator.

Research Topic The CPC is honored to receive Atlantic Philanthropies' generous endowment to fund post-doctoral fellows in honor of former Cornell president, Frank H. T. Rhodes. Amelia Branigan is the current Frank H.T. Rhodes Post-doctoral Fellow. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Northwestern University (June 2014). Dr. Branigan's research lies at the intersection of social stratification, the sociology of education, and the sociology of health and illness, investigating variation by race and sex in the relevance of the physical body for educational outcomes. As a postdoctoral fellow, her research agenda will consist of two projects. In the first project, she will continue to focus on additional dimensions of the relationship between obesity and educational performance. In the second project, she will evaluate the contextual effects of neighborhood violence on health and educational disparities, using shifts in Chicago gang boundaries to address the endogeneity of residential selection. She is currently working on projects in collaboration with Christopher Wildeman while in residence.
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