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CIDR is comprised of affiliates from many of the 23 CUNY campuses. Building on the presence of more than 30 demographers CUNY-wide, the City University of New York hired nine new faculty members in the field during the past few years.

Alba, Richard

Distinguished Professor, Sociology, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1974
Research Fields: immigration; race & ethnicity; urbanization

Balk, Deborah

Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Research Fields: urbanization; development; population & environment; spatial demography

Bennett, Neil G.

Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1981
Research Fields: demography of the life course; mathematical demography; indirect demographic estimation

Beveridge, Andrew

Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., Yale University, 1973
Research Fields: the demography of New York City; spatial demography; immigration; race & ethnicity

Cho, Soyeon

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Services, New York City College of Technology
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
Research Fields: mental health and caregiving, aging, depression in older Korean American caregivers

DelaCruz, Juan

Associate Professor, Economics & Business, Lehman College
Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 2008
Research Fields: health economics; HIV/AIDS and its effects on human capital

Dowd, Jennifer

Associate Professor, Public Health, Hunter College
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2004
Research Fields: biodemography; health inequality; life course; research design

Edwards, Ryan

Associate Professor, Economics, Queens College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2002
Research Fields: aging; mortality

Gornick, Janet

Professor, Political Science, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1994
Research Fields: female labor force participation; family demography; social policy

Grossman, Michael

Distinguished Professor, Economics, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1970
Research Fields: health; obesity

Heiland, Frank

Associate Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2002
Research Fields: family demography; fertility; economic demography; obesity

Hernandez, Donald

Professor, Sociology, Hunter College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1976
Research Fields: family demography; immigration

Horiuchi, Shiro

Professor, Public Health, Hunter College
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1981
Research Fields: mortality; mathematical demography; formal demography

Hsin, Amy

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
Research Fields: sociology of the family; social stratification; demography; race/ethnicity

Jaeger, David

Professor, Economics, Graduate Center
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995
Research Fields: immigration; demography and conflict

Joyce, Theodore

Professor, Economics, Baruch College
Ph.D., City University of New York Graduate Center, 1985
Research Fields: fertility & family planning; investments in children; social policy; research design

Korenman, Sanders

Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1989
Research Fields: investments in children; family demography; social policy

Maantay, Juliana

Associate Professor, Geography, Lehman College
Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2000
Research Fields: population geography; urban environmental health; spatial demography

Mollenkopf, John

Distinguished Professor, Political Science, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1974
Research Fields: urban politics, public policy, comparative urbanism

Ortega, Francesc

Associate Professor, Economics, Queens College
Ph.D., New York University, 2004
Research Fields: immigration; international trade; labor economics

Porter, Jeremy

Associate Professor, Finance and Business Management & Children Studies Program, Brooklyn College
Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2008
Research Fields: racial health disparities, racial segregation, poverty, education

Reed, Holly

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., Brown University, 2008
Research Fields: immigration; urbanization; social networks; forced migration; population & development

Reimers, Cordelia

Professor (Emerita), Economics, Hunter College
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1977
Research Fields: female labor force participation; immigration; retirement

Roff, Jennifer

Assistant Professor, Economics, Queens College
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2003
Research Fields: labor economics; applied microeconomics, economic demography; child support

Romero, Diana

Associate Professor, Public Health, Hunter College
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002
Research Fields: reproductive health policy; social policy; poverty and maternal and child health

Root, Robin

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Baruch College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Research Fields: medical anthropology; global public health

Smith, Robert

Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1995
Research Fields: contemporary migration; U.S. Latinos

Song, Shige

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
Research Fields: obesity; health; life course; China

Wegge, Simone

Associate Professor, Economics, College of Staten Island
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Research Fields: immigration; historical demography

Wilder, Esther

Associate Professor, Sociology, Lehman College
Ph.D., Brown University, 1997
Research Fields: quantitative reasoning; healthcare and disability; racial, ethnic and religious inequality and identification

Yin, Na

Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2008
Research Fields: disability; aging

Past Affiliates

Marwell, Nicole

Associate Professor, Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2000
Research Fields: urban sociology; organizational sociology; nonprofit organizations; latina/o populations, poverty, community

Zagheni, Emilio

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
Research Fields: mathematical and computational demography; intergenerational ties; population and environment; interaction of population dynamics and infectious diseases

Graduate Fellows

Jennifer Brite

Jennifer Brite is a second-year doctoral student in the Public Health program, where she is in the epidemiology track. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from New York University in 2002 and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University in 2012. Her research interests include biodemography, particularly the effects of obesity and socioeconomic status on maternal and child health. Read More

“The Demography Fellowship has allowed me to take a more interdisciplinary approach to my work in public health. I enjoy learning alongside students from other departments, such as economics and sociology, because they often bring a new perspective to a research question.

I’ve found the demographic methods taught in the program are well suited to a variety of disciplines and research interests. I’m currently working with Professor Jennifer Dowd to examine the association between early-life social exposures and various later-life biomarkers, such as telomere length and markers of inflammation, in a sample from the Whitehall II study in Great Britain.”

Alka Dev

Alka Dev is a fourth year doctoral student in the Public Health program in the Community, Society and Health track. She received a joint Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1995 and a Master of Health Science Degree (International Health) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1998. Prior to coming to CUNY, she worked as a global health professional for over a decade, managing different public health programs around the globe. Read More

“The Demography Certificate Program has added to my public health training by providing me with a strong methodological and theoretical basis for studying health outcomes, especially being able to consider macro-level dynamics of societal change and their impact on population and individual health. It has also contributed to my understanding of global health issues by allowing me the opportunity to work with datasets from multiple countries and teaching me to think about demographically conditioned risk factors. Since 2012, I have been working with Professor Deborah Balk on urbanization in India and its impact on weight gain among women and men. We are expanding our model to include other countries as well. This has been an invaluable experience for developing my analytical and methodological research skills. The friendship and intellect of other fellows has been one of the best parts.”

Noura Insolera

Noura Insolera is currently in her fourth year in the Sociology PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is also pursuing a certificate in Demography. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2007 and started working for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research. Noura moved to New York City in 2008 and started a Master’s Degree in the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences Program at Columbia University, which she completed in May 2010. Read More

“I am very interested in the cross-section of health and socio-economic status and plan to focus my dissertation research in this area. I am excited to move forward in Demography, Quantitative Methods, and the Sociology of Health and Illness. I am working for the PSID, and also as an apprentice to Professor Richard Alba in the Sociology Department at the Graduate Center. I have found a great support system within the CIDR community, and really feel at home with my professors, advisors, and peers. At a school as large as CUNY, I am lucky to know that I have a group of people that are truly interested in my personal and academic success.”

Annette Jacoby

Annette Jacoby is a second-year graduate student in Sociology and a research apprentice at the CUNY Center for Urban Research. She is mainly interested in immigration, diversity, urban sociology and segregation.

“I like being a CIDR fellow as it has enhanced my view of sociology by looking at the underlying population dynamics and their consequences for society. Furthermore, I have met fellow apprentices through CIDR, with whom I could share my experience and thoughts and even work on projects together. Read More

I am currently working on research in a variety of topics, such as individual and contextual determinants of electoral participation (and nonparticipation) in my apprenticeship with Professor John Mollenkopf and the effects of shifting demographic patterns on age-specific segregation patterns with Professor Jeremy Porter. In general, I am interested in how greater diversity of demographic patterns and high migration rates affect social cohesion, solidarity and civic engagement.”

Eric Ketcham

Eric Ketcham is a third year Ph.D. student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and is pursuing a certificate in Demography. His research interests include immigration, language acquisition, and bilingualism.

“The Demography Fellowship has been a great opportunity for me to develop my skills and knowledge within the broad field of Demography. This fellowship offers the opportunity to work closely with professors with a wide array of demographic interests. Read More

It is great to have such a tight-knit group of professors and fellows to work with at CIDR. Working with Professor Jeremy Porter, currently I am exploring international migration patterns for first generation immigrants to the United States. First, I am creating maps to visualize the data, and then will use the data to explore the effects of these patterns on English language acquisition.”

mills

Carrie Mills is a second year doctoral student in the Public Health program in the Epidemiology track. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rice University in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University in 2006. Her research interests include mental health and stress, the intersection of mental and physical health, and the use of biomarkers in epidemiological research.

“The Demography Fellowship and related coursework is giving me more methodological tools and approaches to use in my life as an epidemiologist. Read More

I am excited to be working with Deborah Balk and learning about spatial analysis and how to include it in my research; we are currently working on a project linking a brand new spatial dataset of the global built-environment with international survey data.”

Timothy Roeper

Timothy Roeper is in his third year of the Economics PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a research apprentice at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) and a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research interests include labor, health, and family economics.

“CIDR is a great interdisciplinary community. The demography fellowship has given me a chance to interact with and learn from faculty and students outside my discipline that are studying the same types of questions I am interested in. Read More

The certificate courses and casual conversations in the CIDR office have given me new ways of thinking about my existing research interests and new ideas for potential topics. I have also benefited from the opportunity to work with faculty on research. Together with Professor Neil Bennett, I am studying the economic effects of divorce.”

Duygu Başaran Şahin

Duygu Başaran Şahin is a first year Ph.D. student in Sociology and a research apprentice at CIDR. She received a B.A. in sociology from Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2008 and a Masters degree in population, health and social policies from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France in 2009. Prior to coming to CUNY, she worked for varios NGOs in Turkey and the U.S., most recently as a program coordinator for a UN based NGO in New York, doing advocacy work to promote human rights of older people. In Turkey, she coordinated a nation-wide education project that aimed to prevent school drop-out at the elementary school level. Read More

“As a first year student I am still exploring what my research interests are. I am broadly interested in social issues relating to aging, family and health. Currently I am working as a research apprentice to Professor Frank Heiland, researching U.S. mortality and retirement.

With regard to my fellowship at CIDR, I am really excited to get into a new field, demograpy, and develop an expertise in quantitative methods that I hope to integrate into my sociological work. I think CIDR has one of the best and most friendly fellows and faculty. “

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa is Ph.D. candidate in sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and fellow at the Institute for Demographic Research. He received a BA in political science from Tec de Monterrey and a master’s degree in regional development from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana. His dissertation work, supervised by Prof. Robert Smith, focuses on the social mobility and family life of parents born in Mexico and living in New York City after the last immigration reform in the United States. Read More

“Our complex, dynamic, and diverse societies require a great deal of collaborative and interdisciplinary research work. I strongly recommend the Certificate Program in Demography to people interested in conducting comprehensive and rigorous research projects accentuating a population perspective. CIDR constitutes a privileged space for the interaction, debate, production and exchange of ideas among students and experienced demographers. In my case, with Prof. Holly Reed I have been able to investigate the refugee health disadvantage among U.S. immigrants. Additionally, with Prof. Richard Alba I have been able to study the major ethno-racial transformations taking place in the contemporary American labor force. ”

Alice Zulkarnain

Alice Zulkarnain is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also a research apprentice at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

“Through the Demography Certificate Program I have been exposed to inspirational population-related topics and issues that have given me the opportunity to develop a demographic perspective. Read More

The analytical tools and demographic training allow me to combine demographic methodologies with economic concepts in my own research in health and labor economics. As a Demography Fellow, I have had the opportunity to work intensively with faculty Research Associates at CIDR. Under the guidance of Professor Sanders Korenman, I have studied the effect of divorce on health in middle and older ages. The mentorship, as well as the support from the other CIDR professors and fellows, have been tremendously valuable to me on my journey to becoming a researcher.”

Post-doc Fellow

Jones, Bryan

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012
Research Fields: spatial statistics/GIS, mathematical demography, urban/rural population dynamics, rural development, and migration

Past Demography Fellows

Tan, Ruoding

Ph.D., City University of New York, 2013
Research Fields: Health Economics, Applied Econometrics, Economic Demography, Labor Economics

Fuentes, Liza

MPH, Columbia, Doctoral Candidate, Public Health, CUNY

Movsesyan, Gabriel

Doctoral Candidate, Economics,  CUNY

Past Post-doc Fellows

Palermo, Tia

Ph.D., Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Fields: Social policy, gender-based violence, adolescent health, reproductive health

Denys Dukhovnov

Master of Arts (M.A.), Queens College, Data Analytics in Applied Social Research

Zhen Liu

MPA(2010) Baruch College, City University of New York

Natalie Lin

BBA (2017) Baruch College, City University of New York

Past Research Assistants

Bochen Cao

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Demography

Megan Todd

Ph.D., Princeton University, Demography and Public Affairs

Neil G. Bennett
Director
Phone: (646) 660-6779
Neil.Bennett@baruch.cuny.edu Michael Marino
Director of Administration and Operations
Phone: (646) 660-6813
Michael.Marino@baruch.cuny.edu
Deborah Balk
Associate Director
Phone: (646) 660-6762
Deborah.Balk@baruch.cuny.edu James D. Howell
Computing Director
Phone: (646) 660-6713
James.Howell@baruch.cuny.edu
Yohana Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (646) 660-6874
Yohana.Gonzalez@baruch.cuny.edu

CUNY Institute for Demographic Research

One Bernard Baruch Way
Box D-901
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 646-660-6813
Fax: 646-660-6871

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