CDE’s weekly Demography Seminar (DemSem) offers presentations of substantive work at the forefront of population sciences. Organized by Jenna Nobles and John Mullahy, associate directors for training, the seminar features lectures by top scholars in the field from across the university campus and beyond.


The Demography Seminar usually meets on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in room 8417 of the Social Sciences Building and is open to all.
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Tuesday, January 21: “Immigrant Economic Adaptation in the Age of Mass Migration,” Peter Catron (University of Washington)

Tuesday, January 28: “Multiplex Intergenerational Mobility,” Katie Jajtner (UW-Madison) co-sponsored by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Tuesday, February 4: “Point of Reference: A Multidimensional Understanding of Migration and Fertility,” Julia Behrman (Northwestern University)

Tuesday, February 11: “Health Inequality over the Life Course for Chinese and Americans: Comparative Evidence from Machine Learning and Conventional Methods,” Xi Chen (Yale University) co-sponsored by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Tuesday, February 18: “When Does Money Matter? School Funding and Black-White Inequality of Educational Achievement 2009-2015,” Emily Rauscher (Brown University)

Tuesday, February 25: “Educational Expansion and Family Formation in sub-Saharan Africa,” Margaret Frye (University of Michigan)

Tuesday, March 3: “Beyond Dreamers: the Undocumented Youth Population in NYC,” Amy Hsin (City University of New York)

Tuesday, March 10: “Refining the Role of Childhood SES in Adult Health,” Scott Lynch (Duke University) co-sponsored by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Tuesday, March 17: *No Seminar – UW Spring Break*

Tuesday, March 24: Census 2020 Symposium, co-sponsored by the Applied Population Laboratory & WiscRDC; link to recording

“’It’s None of Their Damn Business’: Privacy and Disclosure Control in the U.S. Census, 1790-2020,”  Steven Ruggles (University of Minnesota), with Diana Magnuson (Bethel University)

“Once, Only Once, and in the Right Place: Updates on the 2020 Census,” Michael Hawes (U.S. Census Bureau)

“The Ghosts of Census Past and Their Relevance for 2020.” Margo Anderson (UW-Milwaukee)


Tuesday, April 14 (online): “Evaluating and Using Evidence during a Crisis,” John Mullahy (UW-Madison)

Tuesday, April 21 (online): “Social and Behavioral Science Communications in the COVID 19 Pandemic,” Malia Jones (UW-Madison) and Alison Buttenheim (University of Pennsylvania); link to recording

Tuesday, May 5 (online): “Essential and Vulnerable: Service Sector Work in a Time of Covid-19,” Daniel Schneider (UC-Berkeley) and Kristen Harknett (UCSF).

Tuesday, May 12 (online): TBD with Joshua Goldstein (UC-Berkeley) & Serge Atherwood (UTSA)

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Friday, May 29 (online, special event): DemSemX, A Cross-Center Collaboration

DemSemX flyer information

DemSemX breakout sessions information

Recording of the event