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 meets on Tuesdays during the academic year from 12:15-1:30 p.m. In Fall 2020, all seminar meetings except the welcome gathering will be held virtually. DemSem is open to all.
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Fall Schedule 2020

Wednesday, September 9: CDE welcome gathering at James Madison Park, CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 15: “Leveraging the Genome to Evaluate the Impact of the Social Environment,” Lauren Schmitz (UW Madison); “Social and Spatial Inequalities in Household Finance,” Megan Bea (UW-Madison) Join via BB Collaborate:

Tuesday September 22: “Three Decades of Very Low Fertility in Spain,” Albert Esteve (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); response by Christine Schwartz (UW-Madison) Join via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 29: “Discrimination and Weight Outcomes among Hispanic Immigrants: Old Questions, New(ish) Approaches and Lessons Learned,” Tiffany Green (UW-Madison); “Mothers’ Work Schedules and Child Wellbeing,” Alejandra Ros Pilarz (UW-Madison)

Tuesday, October 6: ” Exploring Genetic Influence on Birth Weight,” Sam Trejo (UW-Madison) and “The Consequences of Prenatal Substance Exposure for Maternal and Infant Health,” Christine Durrance (UW-Madison)

Tuesday, October 13: “Immigration Enforcement Effects on Health, Housing, and Education: How Targeted are the Consequences?” Juan Pedroza (UC-Santa Cruz)

Tuesday, October 20: “The Formal Demography of Kinship,” Hal Caswell (University of Amsterdam); response by Jenna Nobles (UW-Madison)

Tuesday, October 27: “Inequalities in Young Adult Criminal Justice Contacts: Patterns and Collateral Consequences for Parents and Siblings,” Courtney Boen (University of Pennsylvania)

Tuesday, November 3: “Schools and Inequality in New Latinx Destinations,” Jacob Hibel (UC-Davis)

Tuesday, November 10: Rucker Johnson (UC-Berkeley)

Tuesday, November 17: “Incorporating Equity Value Judgements into Causal Decomposition Analysis,” John Jackson (Johns Hopkins University); response by Felix Elwert (UW-Madison)

Tuesday, November 24: No seminar – Thanksgiving week

Tuesday, December 1: “Safety-Net Reform and Long-Term Changes in Economic Outcomes among Low-Skill Americans,” Jeffrey Grogger (University of Chicago)

Tuesday, December 8: “When Evidence Shapes Policy: A Conversation about Reproductive Healthcare Access in the U.S.,” Jenny Higgins (UW-Madison), Alison Norris (OSU), Kari White (OSU), Danielle Bessett (UT Austin)