Graduate Demography Minor

The field of demography is multidisciplinary in focus and practice, drawing on a wide range of social science perspectives. Graduate training at CPC is similarly multidisciplinary and provides students with opportunities to develop fundamental demographic insights and methodological tools, as well as to engage with arguments from a range of perspectives.

Why Study Demography at Cornell?

  • New insights: Population dynamics are fundamental to social, economic, political, and environmental change, and an understanding of demographic processes is critical to answering some of our most pressing questions.
  • Cutting-edge research: Demographers rely on a broad set of tools for analyzing demographic data, and weekly seminars provide exposure to new developments in data and methods from prominent scholars across the U.S. and abroad.
  • Broader community: CPC offers many opportunities to connect students with researchers (students and faculty) in other disciplines using high-quality empirical techniques to answer population-related research questions.
  • Additional funding: CPC regularly provides funding for student travel to professional population conferences (e.g., PAA) and offers seed funding to CPC students in need of research support. CPC research is also supported by major grants, and faculty are often looking for GRAs with demographic skills during the academic year and summer months. 

2017 Required Workshop Sessions (all on Fridays, 12:00-1:15):

Kelly Musick (PAM) ---   Welcome Back and PAA 2018 Prep
Friday, September 1, 12-1:15pm, MVR 142

Michael Lovenheim (PAM) and Laura Tach (PAM) ---   How I Do Demography
Friday, October 6, 12-1:15pm, MVR 153

CAPS Encore Upstate Population Conference (at Syracuse)
Friday, October 20, 10-3:30pm

Patrick Ishizuka (CPC Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow) ---   External Funding for Graduate Students
Friday, December 8, 12-1:15pm, MVR 142

Peter Rich (PAM) ---   Intro to Spatial Demography and Analytics
Friday, February 2, 12-1:15pm, MVR G87

Nicolas Ziebarth (PAM) ---   Developing a Workflow: Being Productive without Losing your Mind
Friday, March 23, 12-1:15pm, MVR 142

2018 PAA Practice Talks, Wednesday, April 18, 10-2PM, W.I. Meyers Seminar Room, 401 Warren Hall

PAA 2018, April 27, 2018

Vida Maralani (SOC) ---   Innovations in Demographic Methods
Friday, May 11, 12-1:15pm, MVR G87

Program Requirements

    The campus-wide graduate minor in Demography is open to Ph.D. students in all social science fields. To qualify for completion of the minor, students must successfully complete the following courses:

  • Principles in Demography (PAM 6050/DSOC 6070): (3 credits)
    Provides a conceptual overview for studying population issues and introduces major subfields of study within demography.
  • Demographic Techniques (PAM 6060/DSOC 6080): (3 credits)
    Develops basic methodological tools in demography, including rate construction, single- and multiple-decrement life tables, and survival analysis.
  • Demography Training Seminar (PAM 6810): (1 credit)
    Participation in the CPC seminar series and monthly training workshops. Consistent enrollment is encouraged; at least 3 training credits (i.e., 3 semesters) are required.
  • Elective course from approved list of CPC courses (see list here*)
    Substantive courses that incorporate trainings in demographic techniques or population processes. (*Students may petition for elective course to be added to the list of approved elective courses.) 

In addition to these course requirements, graduate minors must include at least one CPC faculty affiliate on their special committee .

How to Apply?

To apply for the minor, contact the CPC Training Director, Matthew Hall.

Graduate Demography Minor Recent Alumni

Katherine Michelmore is an Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Her current research interests focus on the interaction of public policies and family structure, family demography, and access to higher education. Katherine previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan and research assistant at the Urban Institute specializing in Social Security reform policy and forecasting changing demographic patterns in the U.S.
Fenaba R. Addo is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Science at UW-Madison where she is also an affiliate of the Center for Financial Security, Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Demography and Ecology, and La Follette School of Public Affairs.
Asia Sikora Kessler is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health. Asia’s research experience is in the area of health economics and health behaviors, with an emphasis on dementia and obesity. Her current research focuses on the social determinants of health, specifically social engagement and elderly health.
Brian C. Thiede is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University. Brian is a social demographer with research interests in the areas of population and environment, and poverty and inequality. Much of his work seeks to understand how the social and demographic effects of contextual changes are distributed across population groups. He teaches courses on demography and research methods.
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