American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Population

**Current Announcements**

The list below duplicates the Section on Population listserv in the order they appear there. To have your Announcement posted here, please contact the current Listserv Moderator, Stephanie Ureña.


2020 02 – Last Chance to Register for the 10th Annual Arizona Methods Workshops

Spots are still available for the 10th Annual Arizona Methods Workshops on March 21-22, 2020. The number of participants is limited for each workshop, so we encourage those interested in attending to register as soon as possible.

For our 10th year anniversary we will be offering the following workshops:  

Social Network Analysis (James Moody, Duke)

Qualitative Data Analysis in ATLAS.ti (Corey Abramson, University of Arizona)

Sequence Analysis (Katherine Stovel, University of Washington)

Observing Everyday Behavior [ethnography/fieldwork] (Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, University of California, Berkeley)

Producing Transparent and Reproducible Research (Jeremy Freese, Stanford)

Using the R platform (Jeffrey Oliver, University of Arizona; Keaton Wilson, University of Arizona)

Instructor bios and workshop descriptions are available here. This year’s workshop will immediately follow the American Sociological Association Methodology Section Mid-Year Meeting (also held in Tucson). Our website contains workshop descriptions, instructor bios, award applications, lodging & online registration here. Our flier can be found here.

Questions about the Arizona Methods Workshops? Please contact

2020 02 – PSID Data User Training Workshop

June 15-19, 2020, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, its special topics modules, and the PSID Child Development Supplement and PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement. The workshop pairs instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files. 

The workshop is open to predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, college and university faculty, and professional researchers. Admitted predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows may request to be considered for a stipend to help with travel and housing costs. Applications received by April 17 will be given priority for enrollment

Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program at  

Support is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Science Foundation.


2020 01 – Bayesian Methods in Formal Demography, June 8-13, 2020, UC Berkeley

Bayesian Methods in Formal Demography, June 8-13, 2020, UC Berkeley. This workshop, with guest instructor Carl Schmertmann of Florida State University, aims to provide a hands-on introduction to Bayesian modeling in demography, with applications to small area estimation, forecasting, and combining disparate data sources. We will use R, primarily with the Stan programming language. The workshop is designed for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and others wanting to learn about new approaches to demographic modeling using Bayesian methods. No previous knowledge of Bayesian approaches is needed, but a good command of classical statistical methods will be useful. No previous knowledge of Stan or other Bayesian modeling languages is needed. We will assume some experience with R. Out-of-town registrants will be provided lodging. Travel support is pending. To learn more and register by March 2, 2020, visit:

2020 01 – Program: Undergraduate Research in Race, Ethnicity, and Family Demography 

The Population Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and with funding from the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2020 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program.

The REU program hosts eight very select undergraduates from around the United States for 8 weeks during the summer and introduces them to careers in social science through an intense academic program focusing on social demography— the scientific study of human populations and the intimate relations they construct from a sociological perspective. The program features seminars on racial and ethnic differences in cohabitation, marriage, divorce, marital and nonmarital fertility, for both different and same-sex couples. In addition to the seminars, REU students will be introduced to statistical computing and research ethics at the UT Population Research Center (PRC). The Texas REU is committed to diversifying the academic pipeline. Students of color and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is February 29, 2020.

REU summer program dates are June 1, 2020 through July 24, 2020. The REU program pays for tuition, room and board, and computer expenses. In addition, students also receive a $4,000 summer stipend for participation in the program, which should allow the selected students to fully concentrate on their REU experience over the 2-month program. Students will receive an additional travel and stipend for presenting their paper at a professional conference in fall 2020.

More information:


2020 01 – ASA 2020 Special Session call for submissions:  Expanding Diversity of Biosocial Research: Opportunities & Challenges

The use of biological data in sociological research has diversified greatly over the years to the point where various measures can now occupy different places in our theoretical models. With this diversity, social scientists are now studying how "what is under the skin" (e.g., genetics, microbiome, etc.) affects a range of outcomes and how social conditions “get under the skin” (e.g., epigenetics, HPA-axis, inflammation, etc.) to affect health and behavior. New techniques using signals “measured on the skin” (e.g., neuroimaging, electrodermal activity, sleep) are shedding light on how different bodily systems function in response to social circumstances. At the same time, critics question the underlying meaning and interpretations of such measures and raise concerns about biological essentialism and the representation (or lack) of marginalized populations in this research. The papers in this session demonstrate the promises and limitations of biologically-oriented data for understanding how social circumstances affect population health.

Jacob Cheadle, The University of Texas at

Bridget Goosby, University of


2020 01 – 27th Annual RAND Summer Institute 

RAND is pleased to announce the 27th annual RAND Summer Institute (RSI), which will take place in Santa Monica, CA, July 6-9, 2020. The RSI consists of two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: a Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists (July 6-7) and a Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging (July 8-9). The primary aim of the RSI is to expose scholars interested in the study of aging to a wide range of research being conducted in fields beyond their own specialties.

The Mini-Med School focuses on biomedical issues relating to aging and should be of interest to all non-medically trained scholars regardless of background. Topics will be drawn from the diverse fields of biomedicine, including biology, genetics, patient care, psychiatry, and other areas. Expert clinicians and researchers will provide participants with insight into the science of aging and a greater understanding of relevant medical issues.

The Workshop on Aging is targeted to pre- and post-doctoral students and junior faculty, and to more senior researchers new to aging research. Topics will be drawn from research areas in the social sciences, including discussions of savings, retirement, disability, demography, psychology, and quality of life issues. In each session, leading experts will discuss the state of the literature, integrating results from their own research and supplementing these overviews with more detailed analyses of specific topics.

We invite all interested researchers to apply to attend the 2020 RSI. Applicants may apply for fellowship support to pay for travel and accommodations. Both the Mini-Med School and the Workshop on Aging are described more fully at our web site: cgreif@rand.org deadline to submit application and supplemental materials is March 16, 2020For additional information, please contact Cary Greif ().


RSI is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health. RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled.



2019 12 – IAPHS Fall Conference Call for Submissions: “Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health” 


Groups of individuals are invited to submit panels that will present original research or engage in innovative discussions that push the boundaries of population health science, practice, theory, methods, student training, or technological innovations (or a combination of these) around a significant issue related to population health. Note that work presented in these panels should not yet be published. All proposed panels should include the session organizer, and 3-4 panelists. 

All population health topics are welcome. Topics related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.

Click here to learn more. 


Individuals or co-authored teams are welcome to submit an original abstract for consideration on the program. Accepted abstracts will be presented in either a Poster or Oral contributed session. Abstract may present original research, practice, theory, methods, and new ideas on student training, to technological innovations.

Click here to learn more.


We are soliciting abstract reviewers for the conference. The abstract review will begin on March 30, 2020.

Click here to learn more.


Submission Deadline: March 09, 2020
Registration Opens: April 1, 2020
Conference: September 30 - October 2, 2020

Conference Location:

Minneapolis Marriott Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Conference Website:

IAPHS Membership:

IAPHS members receive discounted rates to attend the conference. Join/Renew for the 2020 calendar year!



2019 10 – Just Launched: NGO Knowledge Collective Data Portal

We are happy to announce the launch of the NGO Knowledge Collective (NKC) Data Portal:  This website catalogues 3,400 journal articles on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in development published in English from 1980-2014. Users can identify individual or sets of articles by country or region of study or by searching more than 200 keywords related to sectors and development issues. Each article is tagged with the frequency of selected keywords in the text, allowing users to fine-tune their searches and analyze the prevalence of these keywords in relation to citation information. Each article entry in the data portal contains a link to the article permanent DOI location on the internet.  We continue to add articles published from 2015 forward.

The portal also includes a topic model visualizer, allowing users to identify literature using topics pre-generated through machine-learning, rather than just keywords.  For example, the topic model visualizer allows users to identify articles from the early 1980s on NGOs providing small loans before the term “microcredit” entered the literature.

The NKC works against the “silo” effect in the study of NGOs. The data portal builds on a four-year effort to collect and synthesize journal articles across social science disciplines, geographies, and methods.  We hope that the NKC Data Portal will be the “first stop” in research on NGOs, making it easy for researchers to identify the full range of articles on topics of interest, as well as to identify unanswered questions.  We invite you to use the data portal – let us know when you do, and we will add your published work to our bibliography. Help us further build the intellectual community studying NGOs in development.

PIs of the NGO Knowledge Collective are Allison Schnable and Jennifer Brass (Indiana University), Rachel Sullivan Robinson (American University), and Wesley Longhofer (Emory University). Read the findings from our systematic review of the NGO Literature from 1980-2014 in World Development, or contact us at

2019 10 – Needed: Demographics on military bases, civilian workers at bases, and surrounding communities.

Our PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University's Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute would appreciate help obtaining demographic data on military bases, civilian workers at bases, and surrounding communities. We assume this has been gathered for other types of research. Our research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) includes examination of hundreds of active, closed, and transformed (e.g. industrial parks) military sites where these chemicals were widely used in storage, training, and emergency use of firefighting foam. This contamination involves both the bases and the surrounding communities. We are especially interested in environmental justice implications. PFAS contamination is probably the major environmental contamination problem now facing the military, and much activity is ongoing, including base-level well closure and clean-ups, SERDP (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program) funding for research on detection and remediation, the CDC's new study funded by the 2017 Defense Authorization Act, multiple provisions of the 2019 Defense Authorization Act, and numerous bills now in Congress. 


Phil Brown

University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences

Director, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

Northeastern University             

360 Huntington Avenue, 318INV

Boston, MA  02115

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