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Department of Demography | University of California

Berkeley CA 94720-2120

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Dear Friends of Berkeley Demography,


Welcome! We are in the midst of many anniversaries worth celebrating. The building in which we dwell—2232 Piedmont Avenue—was built 110 years ago this fall, and the first Graduate Group in Demography at Berkeley was established by Judith Blake and others 55 years ago. It was 40 years ago this fall that Gene Hammel brought Ron Lee and Ken Wachter to Berkeley as Professors of Demography and 30 years ago that John Wilmoth joined them.  All of this comes in a time of campus commemorations as well: the University of California turned 150 in 2018, and in 2020 we will celebrate 150 years that women have been admitted to the University on equal terms with men. Much to celebrate, and much to remember: we are part of a long and honorable history, and responsible for carrying that history into the future. 


And our future looks bright indeed. This fall we welcome a new faculty member, Ayesha Mahmud, whose work focuses on how demography, the environment, and social systems interrelate to produce observed patterns of

infectious diseases. Her work draws on classical demography but also contributes to conversations in public health, disease ecology, data science, and the effects of climate change. Ayesha earned her BA in Physics and Economics at Carleton College in 2009, then worked for three years at two well-respected social science research centers, NORC

and NBER. She earned her PhD in Demography and Social Policy at Princeton in 2017, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow

at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard University Center for the Environment before arriving here this summer.  Welcome Ayesha!


We also welcome a new cohort of graduate students. After last year’s unusually large cohort, this one is unusually small. Mallika Snyder graduated from Harvard University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Her senior thesis explored the impact of the Great Recession on intimate partner violence in the United States. Since 2017, she

has worked at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC. She is interested in studying the family in

contexts of historical demographic and economic change. Maria Osborne graduated from the University of

Washington in 2018 with Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and English. Through the interdisciplinary honors program at the University of Washington, she studied the intersection of national identity and sexuality in Romania and Georgia. Since 2015, she has worked as a Scientific Programmer for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Welcome Mallika

and Maria!


We are also happy that Ben Domingue, Assistant Professor from Stanford, will be visiting for the year, and Luisa Cardoso Guedes de Souza will remain with us through the fall. We are also looking for people to teach this spring, if you are in the area and potentially interested. 

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Johnson-Hanks

Professor and Department Chair

Announcement of Temporary Lecturer Search

The Department of Demography at University of California at Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach a range of courses in the department should openings arise during the following terms: Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020. This pool will remain open until October 15th, 2020 to accommodate upcoming course needs and new applicants. If you wish to remain in the pool after October 15th, 2020, you will need to reapply.


The position’s duties are focused on undergraduate and graduate teaching in population studies, on topics such as economic demography, fertility, mortality, migration, population and environment, social networks, or population health.

In addition to classroom teaching responsibilities, general duties may include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g. syllabus), writing exams, and managing GSIs.


The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must reapply. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed; some appointments may begin in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2020 semester.

Positions may be part‐time and range from 17% to 100% time, typically start at the beginning of the semester, and appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. Appointments for summer and fall semester are usually reviewed in April, and in October for spring.


Minimum Basic Qualifications Required (at time of application):
The minimum qualification required to be considered an applicant for the position is an advanced degree or enrollment in an advanced degree program at the time of application.


Additional Qualifications (start date Fall or Spring 2020): Advanced degree.
Applicants must also have permission to work in the U.S. by start date.


Preferred Qualification:
A Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in one of the following fields:
• Demography
• Sociology
• Economics
• Public Health
• Mathematics


Two years of experience teaching university-level courses


Applications received before the respective review periods will receive full consideration for the terms indicated.

Please direct all questions to David Murphy at


The salary is commensurate with teaching experience at the university level, and the range currently begins at $56,381 annually for a 100% time appointment.


To Apply Visit

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see

Happy Triple Anniversary to UCB Demography building!
This August (2018) marks a special moment in the history of the UCB Demography building. It is 110 years ago from the time this building was conceived on paper by one of the prominent Bay Area architects of her era, Julia Morgan; it is 60 years since it was bought by the University from the original owner, the Kellogg family, in 1958 for $58,000 (about $504,000 in today's money); and, most importantly, it has been 30 years since our department called it "home" for the first time. 

Ken Wachter of the Department of Demography and CEDA is senior author on a study published in Science
The Plateau of Human Mortality: Demography Pioneers
Co-authored with Elisabetta Barbi of Sapienza University
in Rome and others,  the study presents data on nearly
4,000 inhabitants of Italy over the age of 105.
It reports that risks of death, which get worse faster and
faster as we age, stop getting worse and level out after age 105.

That finding confirms similarities between survival rates
for humans and for other species, likely grounded in
evolutionary biodemography,  and indicates that
limits to human lifespan are not yet in view.

Congratulations to our UCB Demography and Sociology/Demography class of 2019!

2019 PhD graduates: Pil H. Chung

2019 MA graduates: Casey Breen, Elizabeth Breen, Sarah Croyts, Vanessa Goh, Payal Hathi, Lala Rukh Khan, Felipe Menares, Andrea Miranda, Ethan Roubenoff, Rebeca Willis-Conger

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Recent Publications

Aashish Gupta, Sangita Vyas, Payal Hathi, Nazar Khalid, Nikhil Srivastav, Dean Spears, Diane Coffey. (2020). Persistence of Solid Fuel Use in Rural North IndiaEconomic & Political Weekly, 55(3).

Using an Online Sample to Estimate the Size of an Offline Population

Feehan, D. M., & Cobb, C. (2019). Using an Online Sample to Estimate the Size of an Offline Population. Demography, 1-16.

Transfers of informal care time in the United States: the role of demographic differentials in intergenerational flows by age, sex, and racial and national background

Dukhovnov, D., & Zagheni, E. (2019). Transfers of informal care time in the United States: the role of demographic differentials in intergenerational flows by age, sex, and racial and national background. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research17, 163-197.

Mortality forecasts and linear life expectancy trends

Lee, R. (2019). Mortality forecasts and linear life expectancy trends. In Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting (pp. 167-183). Springer, Cham.

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Demography Brown Bag Seminars

Join us at the Demography Department, located at 2232 Piedmont Avenue, every Wednesday at noon for our weekly Brown Bag seminar series featuring guest speakers from a wide range of disciplines relating demographic topics to current issues in public health, sociology, economics, education, and more.


Please arrive before 12:10 pm to secure a seat.

Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided.

Current Semester Brown Bag Talks 

Special Statement about Development

I urge each of our alums and friends to consider making a gift to the Department of Demography. Although we regularly receive generous donations from some in our circle, the Department has not yet reached out widely to our strong constituency for broader support. It is important that we do so now, in this time of fiscal austerity on the campus, since private gifts are ever more critical to maintaining fellowship packages for our graduate students and meeting other needs (from providing research allowances for new faculty to funding the department’s scholarly and ceremonial events). A relatively young department, Demography does not have the historically old and deep endowments that enable many of our sister departments on campus to weather the winds of retrenchment with greater confidence. Please follow this link to make a gift of any amount to the Department, knowing that we shall use it wisely to sustain a program at the forefront of the discipline throughout the world. Thank you enormously for your consideration.


   - Mary Elizabeth Berry (Demography Chair 2017-2018)