Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Social and ecological contexts simultaneously influence, and are shaped by, population health and population dynamics. Embracing this complexity and methodological challenge, CSDE scholars study human resilience and adaptation to climate change, the role of neighborhoods in conditioning human behavior, and policy and program interventions and their impact on population outcomes. CSDE’s research tools include quasi-experimental designs, sentinel studies, spatial analyses, and multi-level and longitudinal assessments. The Primary Research Area Chair for Environments and Populations is Ann Bostrom.

Research Area Affiliates


Clayton Page Aldern
Managing Director

Scott W. Allard
Professor, Social Policy

Zack W. Almquist
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Leigh Anderson
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Anirban Basu
Professor, Health Economics; Professor, Health Services; Adjunct Professor, Economics

Luke Bergmann
Associate Professor, Geography

Maria Bleil
Clinical Assistant Professor, Child, Family and Population Health Nursing

Ann Bostrom
Professor, Environmental Policy and Management

Dan Brown
Director and Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Callie Burt
Associate Professor of Sociology

Joseph Cook
Associate Professor, School of Economic Sciences

Kyle Crowder
Professor, Sociology

Sara Curran
Professor, International Studies; Professor, Public Policy & Governance; Director, CSDE

Dafeng Xu
Assistant Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Butch de Castro
Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, School of Nursing

Dan Eisenberg
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Nicole Errett
Assistant Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Betsy Evans
Associate Professor, Linguistics

Benjamin Fitzhugh
Professor, Anthropology

Amanda Fretts
Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Karin Frey
Research Associate Professor, College of Education

Mary Kay Gugerty
Professor, Nonprofit Management, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Katarina Guttmannova
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Anjum Hajat
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

M. Elizabeth Halloran
Professor, Biostatistics

Alexes Harris
Professor, Sociology

Stephen Hawes
Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Jerald Herting
Professor, Sociology

Jasmine Trang Ha
Independent Scholar and Researcher

Jeremy Hess
Professor, Global Health; Professor, Emergency Medicine; Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Donna Johnson
Associate Professor, Health Services

Jessica Jones-Smith
Associate Professor, Health Services & Epidemiology

Kessie Alexandre
Assistant Professor, Geography

Hyoshin Kim
Senior Research Scientist

John Leverso
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Patricia Louie
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Ross Matsueda
Professor, Sociology

Susanne May
Associate Professor, Biostatistics

Jacqueline Meijer-Irons
User Researcher, Experiences and Devices Management

Katherine Nesse
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Urban Studies Program Director, Department of Sociology

Paula Nurius
Professor & Associate Dean, School of Social Work

Jennifer Otten
Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Services

Trevor Peckham
Environmental Scientist, Hazardous Waste Management Program

Steve Pfaff
Professor, Sociology

Kivan Polimis
Principal Data Scientist

Gundula Proksch
Associate Professor, Architecture

Adrian Raftery
Professor, Statistics; Professor, Sociology

Natasha Rivers
Program Manager | Sustainability & Measurement

Robert Crutchfield
Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar
Associate Professor, Epidemiology; Professor, Study and Prevention of Violence

Karen Snedker
Professor, Sociology

Sarah Stone
Executive Director, eScience Institute

David Takeuchi
Associate Dean, Office of Faculty Excellence and Research, School of Social Work

Tim Thomas
Research Director, Urban Displacement Project

Peter Vitaliano
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Thaïsa Way
Professor Landscape Architecture, Director Urban@UW

Nathalie Williams
Associate Professor, Sociology; Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies.

Xinguang Fan
Assistant Professor, Sociology