Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology


June 20, 2019

Aldern, Clayton Page

Clayton Aldern is an advisor, data scientist, and journalist with expertise in homelessness policy, climate change, machine learning, and neuroscience. A Rhodes Scholar and Salzburg Global Fellow, he holds a master’s in neuroscience and a master’s in public policy—with a focus on climate change and security—from the University of Oxford. His journalism has been published by The Atlantic, The Economist, Scientific American, Logic, and many others. From 2017 to 2019, he led the data analysis and program evaluation team for the homelessness programs at Pierce County,


Polimis, Kivan

Kivan Polimis’ interests include researching structural inequality, natural language processing, and developing programming solutions to social problems. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Università Bocconi’s Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy and postdoctoral affiliate at the Bocconi Institute for Data Science and Analytics (BIDSA) in Milan. Polimis has worked with Data Science for Social Good and Microsoft to develop programming solutions in transportation infrastructure and the legal system.


Sutton, April

April Sutton studies education, stratification, gender, and geographic inequalities. Her motivation is to enhance our understanding of the characteristics of schools and communities that produce inequality, and how and why critical life transitions shape inequality. Sutton is especially interested in scrutinizing the institutional and structural mechanisms that maintain or disrupt gender and racial/ethnic inequalities in education, work, and family formation. One of her projects includes research on rural-urban disparities in teen unintended childbearing. She uses nationally representative surveys and federal government data to pursue her research.


June 19, 2019

Rivers, Natasha

Natasha Rivers is a demographic planner and a civic engagement and advocacy leader. She provides data required for facilities and capital levy planning and long-term facilities use, staffing adjustments and capacity management. She conducts scientific research and evaluation to measure the impact of Seattle’s affordability crisis, including the rise of K-12 homeless youth, and works to identify solutions to the “opportunity gap”. Rivers is the first to serve as demographer for Seattle School District and use measurement,


Rivers, Natasha

Natasha Rivers is a Demographic Planner and a Civic Engagement and Advocacy Leader. For the Seattle Public Schools, she provides data required for facilities and capital levy planning and long-term facilities use, staffing adjustments and capacity management. She conducts scientific research and evaluation to measure the impact of Seattle’s affordability crisis, including the rise of K-12 homeless youth, and works to identify solutions to the “opportunity gap.” Rivers was the first to serve as demographer for Seattle School District and use measurement,


Nesse, Katherine

Katherine Nesse’s research is at the intersection of people and the economy. She is interested in metrics of measuring people and the economy and how those metrics are used to inform policy. Her current research project is creating a new method for estimating demographic characteristics based on the residential environment. She is particularly concerned with methods that produce data for small or sparsely populated areas. She has also researched how people cause the economy to grow,


June 18, 2019

Petros, Ryan

Ryan Petros seeks to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness. As a clinical social worker, he witnessed the pervasive exclusion clients faced from the community around them, health disparities resulting in early mortality, and pathologizing from providers who had not yet adopted service delivery models reflective of the emerging focus on recovery. He obtained a doctoral degree to impact the field on a macro scale and contribute to mental health services research.


Graham, Susan

Susan Graham a trained clinical epidemiologist who has led and collaborated in numerous research projects related to HIV prevention, care, and pathogenesis since 2004, with over 105 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is also an infectious diseases specialist with over 15 years’ experience providing HIV care and prevention services, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to patients in the United States and in Kenya. Graham has experience conducting mixed methods research on HIV and mental health,


April 30, 2019

Oddo, Vanessa

Vanessa Oddo is an obesity epidemiologist whose main line of research investigates the role of employment status and working conditions on obesity risk using her interdisciplinary training in nutrition science, public health, epidemiology and econometrics. Of her 25 manuscripts (23 published, 2 under review, 14 first author), 8 manuscripts explore employment-health relationships. Specifically, her prior work has investigated the association between community-level unemployment during the Great Recession on overweight/obesity risk among children and in utero in the U.S.


April 29, 2019

Early, Jody

Dr. Jody Early is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and affiliate faculty in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. A social scientist and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), Jody’s research, teaching and praxis largely explore social ecological factors that impact the health and well-being of individuals and populations, especially within communities of color. Her research foci can be categorized into three primary areas of inquiry which include: 1) examining bio-psycho-social and ecological factors that impact individual and population health;



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