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Linda and LouiseCenter on Aging (CoA) Director Linda Waite and PRC Assistant Director Louise Hawkley at the CoA and PRC Annual Party in 2014. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Kate, Marshall, James Kathleen Cagney, Marshall Chin, and James Sallee. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Amy and Ben

Amy Claessens and Benjamin Keys. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Jay and Diane

Jay Pinto and Diane Lauderdale. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Melissa and Alicia

Melissa Gilliam and Alicia Menendez. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Charles and Meltzer

Kerwin Charles and David Meltzer. Photo by Beth Rooney.

PRC Party

NORC staff members Stephen Smith, Katie O'Doherty, Angie Jaszczak, and Ned English. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Ed Laumann

Richard Taub and Ed Laumann. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Diane Lauderdale

Diane Lauderdale. Photo by Beth Rooney.

David Meltzer

David Meltzer. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Carolina Milesi

Carolina Milesi. Photo by Beth Rooney.

John Felkner

John Felkner with son Liam. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Felicia LeClere

Felicia LeClere. Photo by Beth Rooney.


Former PRC Program Coordinator Katherine Morris, Bob Michael, and Kathleen Cagney. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Todd Schuble and Chieko Maene

Todd Schuble and PRC GIS Specialist Chieko Maene. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Veronica Wald

Veronica Wald. Photo by Beth Rooney.

Adelle Hinojosa

Adelle Hinojosa. Photo by Beth Rooney.


Kathleen Cagney: Neighborhood effects and health, urban social processes, race and ethnic differences in access to health care/long-term care, demography of aging, life course approaches to research in health, health status assessment

Advisory Board

  • Director, Committee on Demographic Training: Linda Waite
  • Representative from the Sociology Department: Linda Waite
  • Representative from the Harris School: Ofer Malamud
  • Representative from the Economics Department: Derek Neal
  • Representative from the School of Social Service Administration: Jens Ludwig
  • Representative from the Department of Medicine: David O. Meltzer

Research Associates

  • Anjali Adukia: Evaluation of factors that influence educational decisions and the role of institutions in education and health
  • Luc Anselin: Spatial econometrics, spatial data ranging from exploration to visualization and modeling, use of appropriate methods in empirical studies
  • Daniel M. Bennett: Economic aspects of public health in the developing world
  • Dan Black: Labor economics, applied econometrics, and race and gender wage disparities
  • Charles Catlett: Urban data science, cyber security and privacy, mobile devices and social networks, and the use of mobile and embedded computing to create intelligent infrastructure
  • Kerwin Charles: Empirical labor economics: racial composition on neighborhood effects, retirement effects on subject well being, intergenerational transfers
  • Marshall Chin: Medical outcomes assessment, quality of care, diabetes and other chronic diseases, the elderly
  • Amy Claessens: Evaluation of policy and program effects on child development, and evaluation of early achievement and socioemotional skills on subsequent life outcomes
  • Michael Davern: Population health data, data quality, survey methods
  • James Evans:knowledge and science, social networks and organizations, content analysis, economic sociology and the sociology of work
  • Ian Foster: Distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as climate change and biomedicine
  • Rayid Ghani: Data and analytics for high impact social good problems in areas such as education, healthcare, energy, transportation, and public safety
  • Melissa Gilliam: Contraceptive use among teens and women who are at risk for unintended pregnancy
  • Michael Greenstone: Environmental and energy economics; public economics; development economics; labor economics; health economics
  • Jeffrey T. Grogger: Labor economics, applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, economics of crime
  • Lars Hansen: Time series econometrics, quantitative analysis of dynamic equilibrium models, asset pricing
  • Louise Hawkley: Psychosocial determinants of individual differences in health and well-being during aging; social cognitive, affective, and behavioral mechanisms for individual differences in physiological functioning
  • James Heckman: Evaluation of social programs, econometric models of discrete choice and longitudinal data, the economics of the labor market, alternative models of the distribution of income, public economics
  • Erik Hurst: Macroeconomic policy, consumption, time use, entrepreneurship, household financial behavior
  • Damon Jones: Public finance, household finance, and behavioral economics 
  • Ariel Kalil: Child and family functioning in low-income families
  • Benjamin J. Keys: Labor economics, urban economics, consumer finance
  • Robert J. LaLonde: Evaluation of econometric techniques, social welfare programs, trade unions, immigration
  • Diane Lauderdale: Life course determinants of health in the elderly, health of immigrant populations, chronic disease epidemiology, in particular, osteoporosis
  • Edward O. Laumann: Social stratification, organizational analysis, methodology, political sociology, social theory, sociology of sexuality
  • Felicia LeClere: Data archives, health of immigrants, influence of social and physical geography on health disparities
  • Cheol-Sung Lee: Comparative Welfare States, Civic Organizations, Social Movements
  • Stacy Tessler Lindau: Gynecology and geriatrics
  • Jens Ludwig: Urban poverty, education, crime, housing policy
  • Ofer Malamud: Labor economics, economics of education, development, applied microeconomics
  • Susan E. Mayer: Poverty, inequality, social welfare policy
  • Martha McClintock: Pheromones, sexual behavior, the social regulation of disease
  • Thomas McDade:Human Biology; Biocultural Perspectives on Health and Human Development; Medical Anthropology and Global Health; Ecological immunology; Stress; Health Disparities; Laboratory Methods
  • David O. Meltzer: Health economics, economics of aging
  • Alicia S. Menendez: Development economics, poverty and inequality, labor economics, household behavior
  • Bruce D. Meyer: The affects of labor policies, unemployment, welfare, and tax reform on minorities, immigrants, and single parents
  • Robert T. Michael: Family investments in children, adult sexual behavior, poverty
  • Stuart Michaels: Social organization of gender and sexuality/homosexuality, survey methods, social networks, and cross-national comparative research
  • Carolina Milesi: Socioeconomic disparities in education and health
  • Magne Mogstad:Labor economics; public economics; analysis of social mobility and inequality
  • Ellis Monk:Racial categorization, classification, and stratification, political sociology, health, theory, the sociology of the body, social psychology and cognition
  • Anna Mueller:Suicidality and weight-control behaviors, social network theories, social psychology, and sociology of emotions
  • Kevin M. Murphy: Empirical analysis of inequality, unemployment, and relative wages, economics of growth and development
  • Derek Neal: Labor market inequality between black and white women in the U.S., education policy
  • Colm O'Muircheartaigh: Survey sample design, measurement errors in surveys, cognitive aspects of question wording, latent variable models for nonresponse
  • Harold Pollack: Racial and ethnic disparities in substance use disorders and in access to treatment services among low-income women
  • Stephen W. Raudenbush: Methodology of education research, hierarchical linear models
  • James Robinson: Comparative economic and political development with a focus on the long-run with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • James M. Sallee: Public economics, with a specific focus on the economics of taxation and environmental economics
  • Milda R. Saunders: General internal medicine, general pediatrics, neighborhoods and health
  • John Schneider: Social/sexual network analysis; HIV prevention in high-risk men; Global Health with a focus on India
  • Xi Song: Social stratification, family and kinship, and formal demography, with a specific focus on understanding roles of families, lineages, and dynasties in shaping social inequality and population dynamics over decades and centuries
  • Jenny Trinitapoli: Health, HIV/AIDS, sociology of religion, integrating qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Linda Waite: Intergenerational transfers, demography of the family, aging, labor force
  • Amy Whitaker: Family planning, Contraception, Adolescent contraceptive options, Reproductive choice, and Evidence-based medicine
  • Kazuo Yamaguchi: Social stratification and mobility, quantitative methodology, the life course, mathematical sociology

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Research Affiliates

  • Emma Adam: Developmental psychobiology of stress and sleep in children and adolescents
  • Gabriella Conti: Health before conception, health inequalities over the life-course and across generations
  • John Felkner: Spatial statistical analysis of demographic and socio-economic data using GIS, international urban and regional planning, particularly in less developed countries and areas, urban transportation modeling and simulations
  • Jonathan Guryan: Education policy, race, lottery gambling
  • Larry V. Hedges: Psychology, the social sciences, statistics
  • Jibum Kim: General Social Survey (GSS), the effect of neighborhood characteristics on social relations
  • Lara Perez-Felkner: Sociology of education; pathways to STEM careers; adolescent and youth development; racial-ethnic, class, and gender inequality; longitudinal and mixed methods
  • Barbara Schneider: How social contexts, primarily schools and families, influence individuals' interests and actions
  • Robert M. Townsend: General equilibrium models, risk-sharing, formal vs. informal arrangements, mechanism design, and incentive problems

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  Administrative Leadership

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