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CSDE Welcomes Four More Faculty Affiliates!

Posted: 2/8/2021 (CSDE Research)

CSDE’s Executive Committee is pleased to introduce four of our new UW Faculty Affiliates:

  • Clayton AldernManaging Director, Caldern LLC. Aldern is an advisor, data scientist, and journalist with expertise in homelessness policy, climate change, machine learning, and neuroscience. A Rhodes Scholar and Reynolds Journalism Institute 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, Washington.
  • Rawan ArarAssistant Professor, Department of Law, Societies, and Justice. Arar’s research focuses on the Sociology of refugee migration and pushes forward debates about states, rights, and theories of international migration. Her work has appeared in the Annual Review of Sociology and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Arar argues that refugee displacement is the manifestation of the breakdown of borders and citizenship rights while refugee status, as a legal construct, is delimited by the principle of sovereignty. Furthermore, refugees’ lives and life chances are inextricably tied to national and global policies, which create or impede access to basic needs, education, rights, and mobility.
  • Jeremy HessProfessor, Global Health; Emergency Medicine; Environmental and Occupational Health Science. Hess is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded grant supporting work in India on the epidemiology of extreme heat and strategies for developing, implementing and evaluating heat early-warning systems. He has led several national and international climate assessments, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation and the Sixth Assessment Report. He is also an author on the annual Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.
  • Bo Zhao Assistant Professor, Department of Geography. Zhao studies the social implications of mapping, geovisualization and/or other forms of geospatial technologies. His work has appeared in Geoforum and Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Zhao has created a dynamic visualization of the spread of the Coronavirus. The online interactive map enables users to track both the global and local trends of the Novel Coronavirus infection since Jan 21st, 2020.

These affiliates bring a wealth of knowledge and unique approaches that enhances our community of demographers and collectively advances population science. We look forward to supporting each of them as they pursue their research. You can learn more about their individual research interests by visiting their affiliate pages, linked above.

If you are interested in becoming an affiliate or you know of someone who should become one, you can invite them to do so by directing them to this page. Affiliate applications are reviewed quarterly, by CSDE’s Executive Committee.