Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

David Sharrow

Non-Certificate Demographic Trainee
Sociology PhD 2013


Dave Sharrow is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington, where he performs feats of demographic and statistical import for the general appreciation of his colleagues. Prior joining the SAFS, Dave completed a year-long postdoc in the Department of Statistics. Before that, he roamed the halls of the Sociology department at UW where, after many hours of debugging R code and wanting to toss his computer out of a high-rise window,  he quietly snuck away with a PhD in the summer of 2013. Dave’s research interests include demography, mortality, longevity, health disparities, health metrics, and quantitative methods. He has a major area certification in Demography and Human Ecology and a minor area certification in Social Statistics.

Dave’s dissertation considers the use of models of age-specific mortality to characterize the risk of death during the course of the HIV epidemic in a rural South African population, and to estimate complete sets of age-specific mortality rates based on model patterns when data are unavailable or incomplete. During his time in the Department of Statistics, Dave developed statistical methods for modeling HIV/AIDS-related mortality and making probabilistic population projections for countries with generalized HIV/AIDS epidemics. In his current position, Dave uses models derived from Vitality Theory to address questions regarding the evolution of human mortality and longevity.