Research

 

 

Alba, Richard

Dr. Alba's areas of specialization are the sociology and demography of migration, race and ethnicity, and urban sociology primarily in the United States. His research has an increasingly comparative focus. With funding from the NSF he has recently completed a study of Children of Immigrants in Schools, and with funding from the NIH, Dr. Alba and colleagues at the University of Albany are studying The Social Contexts of the Children of Immigrants. Dr. Alba's most recent book, Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America, was published by Harvard University Press in fall 2009.

Balk, Deborah *

Dr. Balk's current research is on urban demography in the developing world. Using spatial data to delineate urban extents from the Global Rural Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP), she integrates demographic data from censuses and surveys with that on urban extents from earth-observing satellites to estimate and forecast city populations and to study urban populations at risk of seaward hazards and other potential consequences associated with climate-change. Using a spatial framework, she also studies poverty and demographic outcomes in developing countries. With funding from the NIH, she is currently Revitalizing Urban Population Projections, with collaborators at the Population Council, Columbia University and the United Nations Population Division.

Bennett, Neil G. *

Dr. Bennett's current research focuses on conflict and on various aspects of the marital life course. He is examining the determinants of domestic conflict around the world – demographic, social, economic, environmental, etc. – and exploring methods that would help to forecast such conflict. He is also developing duration-specific demographic models of marital outcomes, particularly divorce and remarriage, and delving into issues surrounding assortative mating. Generally, Dr. Bennett's research interests also continue to lie in the areas of mortality, mathematical demography, and indirect demographic estimation. Dr. Bennett was the founding executive director of the New York Census Research Data Center (NYCRDC), an NSF supported research institution located in the same building as CIDR, and in the past served on the Boards of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Guttmacher Institute.

Beveridge, Andrew *

Dr. Beveridge has a long-term research focus on the social and demographic fabric of New York City. With a contract from the New York Times, he analyzes Census Bureau data of the New York Metropolitan Area. In collaboration with the IPUMS project of the University of Minnesota he is currently engaged in an NSF-funded effort to create The National Historical Geographic Information System and an NIH-funded effort on an Integrated Public Use Microdata Sample Redesign. Dr. Beveridge's research has also focused on making spatial demographic data for the United States publicly available and for pedagogical applications via Social Explorer, such as the NSF-funded Creating and Disseminating Tools to Teach with Demographic Data Maps and Materials.

Cho, Soyeon

Dr. Cho’s current research focuses on chronic mental/behavioral health and its disparities, and stress adaptation among older population. Specifically, she is concentrating on the behavioral disparities in culturally diverse older populations. Over the last three years, she has been involved in research to investigate risk factors for health disparities in behavioral health – including diabetes, hypertension, dementia, and depression among minority older population. In addition, she is exploring different types of psychoeducational intervention programs to people with chronic illness and their caregivers.

DelaCruz, Juan

Juan J. DelaCruz has earned a PhD in Economics (2008) from the New School for Social Research and obtained a BA in International Relations (1998) at the National Autonomous of Mexico University. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Business at Lehman College/CUNY. Even today, he has concentrated his research in the area of health economics with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS and its effects on human capital and is currently developing a new focus for his scholarly expertise in the field of human resource management.

Dowd, Jennifer *

Dr. Dowd's current research focuses on the interaction of social and biological factors over the life course, in particular how stress and immune function link social factors to later life health outcomes. Recent papers have examined the relationship between socioeconomic status and immune response in the U.S. population, as well as social factors related to inflammation and the burden of chronic infections in U.S. children and adults. Other current projects include examining the impact of changing housing prices on the health of U.S. adults, validating a method for assaying cytomegalovirus antibody levels in dried bloods spots, and assessing the validity of traditional self-reported health measures in the study of socioeconomic and racial/ethnic inequalities in health. Dr. Dowd is currently funded by the NIH to study Stress and Immune Function in Health Disparities with collaborators at the University of Michigan and the Biodemography of Health, Social Factors and Life Challenges with Princeton University.

Edwards, Ryan

Dr. Edwards' current research in demography focuses on the trends in the variance of length of life as measured in the period life table, and on mortality trends in a broad range of countries and their relationship to economic growth. He also studies economic fluctuations and health and what role the timing of education plays in health. With funding from the NIH, he is currently Investigating The Health and Mortality of Veterans.

Gornick, Janet *

Dr. Gornick is Director of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), a 27-year-old cross-national data archive and research institute located in Luxembourg. Much of her research is based on the analysis of these harmonized datasets based on household surveys from over 30 mostly high-income countries (and more recently additional middle-income countries). Dr. Gornick's research has focused on social policy variation and on policy impacts in high-income countries and is now being expanded to middle-income countries. In addition to LIS, Dr. Gornick has recently completed a cross-national study on Older Women’s Economic Security, funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Grossman, Michael

Dr. Grossman's research has focused on economic models of the determinants of health, the economics of substance use and abuse, and the determinants of interest rates on tax-exempt hospital bonds. His recently completed studies deal with the effects of excise taxes on cigarette smoking by pregnant women, the relationship between substance use and risky sexual behavior by teenagers, the economics of obesity, and the effects of managed care on hospital prices for bypass surgery and for angioplasty. His current research deals with the effects of the introduction of national health insurance and compulsory school reform in Taiwan on child health outcomes in that country. Among his many current research projects include Racial and Ethnic Differences in Physical Activity, funded by the NIH, and Analyzing the Effects of Food Prices and Food Advertising on Body Composition of Children, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Heiland, Frank

Dr. Heiland is an Economic Demographer with interest in family, health, and labor economics. He conducts quantitative research on a wide range of topics: child wellbeing, fertility, obesity, retirement, housing wealth, and migration. He has published on the effects of fertility and parental relationship status on child wellbeing, on the stability of individuals’ fertility preferences, on the social dynamics of obesity, on the impact of the Social Security early retirement rules on labor supply and benefit take-up, and on the determinants of East-West German migration after the fall of the Berlin Wall. With NIH-funding, Dr. Heiland has recently completed a study on the Effect of Birth Order on Development and Attainment.

Hernandez, Donald

Dr. Hernandez recently completed research using Census 2000 and the American Community Survey 2005-2007 to produce about 140 indicators of children’s family and economic circumstances for various race-ethnic and immigrant groups by detailed country of origin for the U.S., the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 200 metropolitan areas. Other recent work includes the construction of an alternative poverty measure for the U.S. that overcomes many limitations of the current official measure. He is currently using the Foundation for Child Development’s Index of Child Well-Being to explore disparities by race-ethnic and immigrant origins, and by socioeconomic status in a comparative study of industrialized countries.

Horiuchi, Shiro *

Dr. Horiuchi is currently conducting research on longevity. With funding from the NIH for research on Longevity and Mortality in Industrial Societies, in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley, he is developing a new approach to longevity measurement with focus on the modal age at death. He is also studying the effects of obesity on longevity trends in the U.S and social and cultural factors underlying the rapid lifespan extension in post-war Japan. He is also a member of the Human Mortality Database Project, actively involved in updating and improving of the database.

Hsin, Amy

Research Fields: sociology of the family; social stratification; demography; race/ethnicity. Dr. Hsin's current research focuses on the social determinants of children's cognitive and non-cognitive skills; explaining racial/ethnic disparities in children's academic achievement; understanding the effect of educational assortative mating on adult health and wellbeing. Her research combines theories and empirical methods from developmental psychology, labor economics and demography. She has published articles on the effect of parental time investments and maternal employment on child development and socioeconomic differences in parental time investments in children.

Jaeger, David

Dr. Jaeger's research interests include immigration, migration, and mortality. He has studied the impact of immigrants on the U.S. wage structure, the determinants of immigrant location choice in the U.S., the returns to the GED (General Education Diploma) for immigrants, the role of risk preferences and personality traits in determining migration, the degree to which self-employment persists between the home and host countries, and the relationship between immigrants and innovation. In recent work, Dr. Jaeger (with collaborator, Harriet Duleep) examines how the propensity to invest in human capital jointly determines education, income, and health and mortality, as well as whether differences between immigrants and natives in the propensity to invest can explain differences in immigrant and native mortality. Dr. Jaeger also studies conflict in the Middle East and terrorism in Pakistan.

Joyce, Theodore *

Dr. Joyce's research focuses on investments in children, reproductive outcomes, and policy as well as on measurement and methods of analysis. Dr. Joyce's recent research on Policy Changes and Pregnancy Outcomes and Parental Involvement Laws and Reproductive Outcomes was funded by the NIH. With funding from the US Department of Agriculture, he has studied the Association Between Prenatal WIC Exposure and Maternal Behavior, Health and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System.

Korenman, Sanders

Dr. Korenman's research centers mainly on social inequality, social policy, labor market and demographic behaviors. He has investigated socioeconomic, health and developmental effects of fertility timing and unintended births; effects of maternal employment and child care quality on child health and development; and is currently involved in projects related to problems of measuring child care quality and the relation of different quality measures to child outcomes, as well as an evaluation of the child care component of the (federal) Child and Adult Care Food Program. Dr. Korenman is currently funded by the National Center for Education Research at the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, for research on Child Health, Cognition and Behavior, with collaborators at the University of Illinois.

Maantay, Juliana

Dr. Maantay's research is on urban environmental health, including the role played by socio-demographic factors in environmental health justice. Focusing on urban environmental issues, she uses geographic information science as an organizational and methodological framework for her research, in particular to study the effects of neighborhoods and the built environment on health outcomes. She has developed a new method for fine-resolution mapping of population density and distribution, by using a method of data disaggregation and an automated expert system, for intra-urban application. Her current collaborative research, on environmental health in the Bronx, is funded by NOAA (Asthma and Air Pollution in the Bronx), by NIEHS (on participatory GIS) and by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (on the built-environment and diabetes and obesity).

Mollenkopf, John

Dr. Mollenkopf directs the CUNY Center for Urban Research, housed at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research combines public policy and urban studies with emphasis on immigration and immigrants. With Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway, Dr. Mollenkopf recently completed Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (Harvard University Press 2008). With funding from the NIH and Russell Sage, Mellon, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, Dr. Mollenkopf leads a long-term study of The Immigrant Second Generation in Metropolitan New York.

Ortega, Francesc

Dr. Ortega’s current research focuses on the determinants of international migration and its effects on the receiving economies. His research combines the use of empirical methods and theoretical models. He has published articles on the political economy of immigration policy, the effects of immigration on the labor and housing markets, and the determinants of natives’ attitudes toward immigrants.

Porter, Jeremy

Dr. Porter has a specific interest in racial health disparities, racial segregation, poverty, education, and to a lesser extent, interest in fertility, mortality, and immigration. He also has an interest in developing and improving research approaches and methods for the study of many topics associated with human behavior.

Reed, Holly

Dr. Reed's research areas of interest include: internal migration, urbanization, international migration, social networks, forced migration, and demographic dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa—including Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria—and the United States. Dr. Reed’s current research projects are: 1) a mixed-methods data collection and analysis project on the health and welfare of African immigrants in the U.S.; and 2) a historical analysis of internal migration and social networks in South Africa during and after the apartheid era. Dr. Reed's prior research included the study of forced migration.

Reimers, Cordelia

Dr. Reimer's research interests lie in analyzing the labor market outcomes of various demographic groups, defined by race/ethnicity, nativity, gender, marital status, or age. Her research has also focused on retirement behavior and the determinants of labor force participation among the elderly. Recent research includes a study of recent trends in women's labor force participation in the U.S., in an effort to understand why the long-term rise in married mothers’ labor force participation stagnated in the mid-1990s.

Romero, Diana

Dr. Romero's research examines the role of public programs on health, fertility decision-making, and reproductive outcomes, among low-income adults, an in particularly among Latino women. Currently, with funding from the NIH she using mixed methods to study Fertility & Disadvantage Among Low-Income Adults and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she is undertaking a multifactorial examination of the Fragile Families Dataset to study Health, Hardship, and Race/Ethnicity in Vulnerable Families.

Song, Shige

Dr. Song has several current research interests. He is currently assessing the global pattern of childhood overweight/obesity trends and the life course trajectory of overweight/obesity rates in an international comparative perspective. He is also studying the social determinants of early childhood development and health, in collaboration with a researcher at the University of Michigan. Dr. Song also studies the demography of China. In one study, he examines the long-term health and demographic consequences of the Great Leap Forward Famine in China (1959-1961) and in another, with collaborators at UCLA, he is studying internal migration and health in contemporary China.

Wegge, Simone

Dr. Wegge's research focuses on the economic and demographic history of 19th century European migration. In particular, Dr. Wegge's research focuses on who emigrated, why they may have left, and what sorts of communities they left to sort out issues around the "selection effect" of migrants' success in their destination locality. Her work focuses on the German principality of Hesse-Cassel and links emigration data with economic data from the migrants’ village. Dr. Wegge also studies child labor in the 19th century and the role of inheritance institutions in economic and urban development.

Wilder, Esther

Dr. Wilder's current research focuses on the sociology of disability, risky health behaviors, inequality and health outcomes, and quantitative literacy in sociology programs. I am especially interested in understanding the ways in which physical and social factors influence health and well-being. She has also investigated economic factors in scholarly publishing, access to the scholarly literature of demography and gerontology, ethnic differences in family planning use in Israel, the economic status of Jews, and Jewish identity in the United States.

Yin, Na

Dr. Yin's research is on how public disability and retirement policies affect the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and the disabled. In particular, she focuses on how public policies, e.g. Social Security programs and Medicare and Medicaid policies, affect their health status and economic well-being, and how the policies shape their benefit claiming behavior and receipt, and labor supply decisions. She also studies how mortality risk variations across cohorts affects the actuarial fairness of the Social Security system. These and related questions are investigated using various methods including traditional econometrics techniques, dynamic structural modeling and programming, and micro-simulation of populations subject to policy changes.

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