Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

September 5, 2018

Wakefield, Jon

Jonathan Wakefield’s primary research area is in the development of methods for spatial epidemiology with a particular interest in sources of, and methods for the removal of, ecological bias. He studies Bayesian data analysis, statistical methods in epidemiology, spatial epidemiology, and pharmacodynamic models. This interest began when he was the head of the Statistics group within the Small Area Health Statistics Unit at Imperial College. This government funded unit carried out investigations using routinely collected cancer data in the United Kingdom,


July 25, 2018

Hall, Matthew

Matt Hall’s research focuses on racial/ethnic inequality, immigration, and neighborhood change. He has contributed to research assessing the economic and social impacts of unauthorized migration, to work on the emergence of Latino boom towns and other new destination areas where immigration has been recent and rapid, and to research exploring the changing nature of racial stratification and segregation in housing and neighborhoods. Current research projects are focused on the intensification of interior immigration enforcement, the link between legal status and child development and family formation,


April 10, 2018

Michael, Leigh


Haapa-aho, Kristian


December 20, 2017

Goodreau, Steven

Steven Goodreau’s research has two related themes: how does the complex biobehavioral ecology of HIV produce disparities in disease burden within and between populations; and how can we make more statistically sound use of social network data to understand the structure of populations and the flow of infections or other entities within them?

Since joining the UW faculty seven years ago, he has published on these topics in Demography, AIDS, the Journal of the American Statistical Association,


Crowder, Kyle

Kyle Crowder’s research focuses on the dynamics and consequences of residential stratification. Under this broad umbrella, a central focus of his most recent work has been on the micro-level residential processes shaping persistent patterns of residential segregation and environmental inequality.

His research provides insights into racial and ethnic differences in the likelihood of moving out of, and into, neighborhoods characterized by varying levels of population diversity, socioeconomic disadvantage, and physical pollution; the ways in which these disparate mobility processes are shaped by differences in individual- and family-level characteristics,


June 29, 2017

Hill, Olivia

A California native and graduate of UC Berkeley, Olivia Hill is currently pursuing an MPA at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She hopes to combine her interest and background in the social and natural sciences with her experience in communications and journalism, while learning more about the important interdisciplinary research CSDE supports.


June 16, 2017

Dong, Zhihang

Zhihang joined the CSDE team as a Spatial Demography Graduate Research Assistant in the Summer of 2017.  He is a first-year Sociology Ph.D. student at UW, with four B.A.’s from Penn State University:  Sociology, Criminology, Political Science, as well as Philosophy and Media Studies. Zhihang is a statistician  and demographer interested in the following subareas: (1) statistical demography with focus on formal models of migration, family and kinship, (2) spatial statistics, with interests in spatial APC models,


October 19, 2016

Babb, Michael


October 6, 2016

Tolnay, Stewart

Stewart TolnayStewart Tolnay’s research during the past decade has focused on two broad topics, (1) the Great Migration of southerners to the North and West and (2) the history of racial violence in the southern U.S. His work on the Great Migration was supported by grants from NICHD and NSF and has been published in highly regarded journals such as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Demography, Social Science Research, and Social Science Quarterly, as well as in his book The Bottom Rung: African American Family Life on Southern Farms (University of Illinois Press,


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