The Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to present the Visiting Scholar Program for U.S.-based scholars from underrepresented populations. The Visiting Scholars Program aims to enhance the research interests and resources available to population scholars from underrepresented groups, to foster interaction among a diverse set of scholars, and to broaden the corps of population researchers.
Scholars will visit CDE in Madison, Wisconsin for one week in order to interact with its resident faculty, present a population-related research seminar of their choosing, participate in the CDE thematic working groups, draw on faculty support for the development of grant proposals, and become acquainted with staff and resources. Visiting scholars will be matched with a faculty host/mentor, who will coordinate interactions with the wide network of researchers on campus.
2023-2024 Visiting Scholars
Sojung Lim, Associate Professor of Sociology, Utah State University
Visiting May 15th-19th, 2023
Dr. Lim is an associate professor of sociology at Utah State University, where she’s taught since finishing her PhD here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, Dr. Lim is engaged in several research projects examining 1) the impact of recent labor market changes on individuals and families in the U.S. and East Asia; 2) cross-national research on family changes and inequality in Europe, the U.S. and Asia; 3) family and gender inequality in Utah and Intermountain Region; and 4) determinants and mechanisms of health disparity in the U.S. and Asia. Dr. Lim will be visiting May 15th through May 19th, 2023. She will give a talk “Nonstandard Employment and Marital Instability in South Korea” on Thursday, May 18th, from 12:15-1:30pm in 8411 Sewell Social Science.
Matt Hauer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Florida State University
Visiting September 11th-15th, 2023
Dr. Hauer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. He studies the impacts of climate change on society. His recent research is focused on how migration induced by sea level rise is reshaping the US population distribution. Prior to coming to Florida State University, he directed the University of Georgia’s Applied Demography Program, providing valuable demographic research to local, state, and federal governments. Dr. Hauer will be visiting September 11th through September 15th, 2023.
Youngmin Yi, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Visiting October 16th-20th, 2023
Dr. Yi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massuchusetts, Amherst. She studies the intersection of family life with the criminal justice, child welfare, and immigration systems in the United States. She is especially interested in two broad issues: (1) these institutional intersections as sites of (re)production and moderation of social disparities in wellbeing and (2) the role that these policy institutions play in shaping and racializing our definitions and experiences of family and familial relationships and the life stages of childhood and the transition to adulthood. Dr. Yi will be visiting October 16th through October 20th, 2023.
Melissa Alcaraz, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Brigham Young University
Visiting November 6th-10th, 2023
Dr. Alcaraz is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brigham Young University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of education, family formation, and migration. To study this intersection, she focuses on the transition to adulthood and how adolescents’ goals for family formation interact with other goals, such as education and migration. She is primarily interested in how individuals make decisions about education, family, work, and migration within declining migration contexts – and how these decisions inform later aspirations and opportunities. Her research spans both the United States and international contexts, particularly Mexico. Dr. Alcaraz will be visiting November 6th through November 10th, 2023.
Guadalupe Marquez-Verlarde, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Utah State University
Visiting March 4th-8th, 2024
Dr. Marquez-Verlarde is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University. Her research examines how the lived experience of belonging to more than one socially disadvantaged or marginalized population is associated with adverse physical and mental health outcomes, with a current emphasis on sexual and gender minorities of color. In 2021, Dr. Marquez-Velarde was awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship by the Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation). Dr. Marquez-Verlarde will be visiting March 4th through March 8th, 2024.