Center Leadership

Director

CDE’s director works with a dedicated group of faculty and staff who provide leadership guidance and who advise on overall center priorities, research direction, and graduate student training. CDE leadership includes associate directors for training, core leaders, and an executive committee. In addition, research activities are organized by research area directors under each of the Center’s primary research areas.

The director communicates with members of the various leadership groups via regular meetings as well as informal contacts fostered by proximity and professional ties; the executive committee meets once per year. This combination of less-frequent formal and more-frequent informal contact allows for highly effective coordination and consensus building at the Center.

Marcy Carlson

CDE Director; Professor, Sociology

Associate Directors for Training

CDE’s associate directors for training review student applications to the demography training program, coordinate appointments for funding via research assistantships and traineeships, and monitor students’ progress throughout the year, paying particular attention to the quality of mentor/trainee relationships and timely progress through program requirements.

John Mullahy

Professor, Population Health Sciences

Jenna Nobles

Professor, Sociology

Core Leaders

CDE is divided into three cores that support the research and training activities of the center. The Administrative Core, led by Marcy Carlson and Janet Clear, supports the overall mission of the Center by freeing CDE affiliates to focus their efforts on the scientific aspects of their research and by supporting development, training, and dissemination activities. Under the leadership of Jenna Nobles, the Development Core is designed to support innovative new research projects, increase CDE’s extramural research portfolio, and promote the development of junior faculty. The Scientific and Technical Core (STC), led by Eric Grodsky, James Walker, Andrew Arnold, and Charlie Fiss, provides the analytic infrastructure that enables and enhances the quality of population science produced by CDE affiliates at all career stages (and especially junior scholars) across campus

Andrew Arnold

Director, Social Science Computing Cooperative

Marcy Carlson

CDE Director; Professor, Sociology

Janet Clear

Director, Social Science Research Services

Charlie Fiss

Director, Data & Information Services Cneter

Eric Grodsky

Professor, Sociology

Jenna Nobles

Professor, Sociology

James Walker

Professor, Economics

Executive Committee

The CDE Executive Committee advises the CDE director on center priorities and direction. The committee includes CDE’s center grant core leaders (Carlson, Nobles, Grodsky, and Walker) among others in key leadership roles at the Center.

The CDE director solicits guidance from executive committee members on the development and implementation of new center initiatives and nominations of new CDE affiliates.  Committee members represent CDE to their respective departments and participate in the review of proposals for seed grants via the Development Core.

The executive committee also plays a role in identifying new opportunities for on-campus and external sources of support for CDE affiliates, and in representing CDE in negotiations with the College of Letters and Science.

Lawrence M. Berger

Professor, Social Work

Marcy Carlson

CDE Director; Professor, Sociology

Katherine J. Curtis

Professor, Community & Environmental Sociology

Jason Fletcher

Professor, Public Affairs; Sociology

Eric Grodsky

Professor, Sociology

Jenny Higgins

Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies

John Mullahy

Professor, Population Health Sciences

Jenna Nobles

Professor, Sociology

James Raymo

Professor, Sociology

Christine Schwartz

Professor, Sociology

Timothy M. Smeeding

Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics

James Walker

Professor, Economics