Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Talks

Brown Bag seminars take place in the Demography Department seminar room at 2232 Piedmont Avenue, on Wednesdays from 12:10 to 1:00, although the discussion often continues for ten or fifteen minutes past 1:00. Please try to arrive before 12:10 so that we can start promptly at the scheduled time. Papers are sometimes, but not usually, available for advance circulation. Regular and decaffeinated coffee are available, as well as cookies and hot water for tea. Administrative inquiries, including requests to be added to the "Brown Bag Announcements List",  may be addressed to the Demography Office at (510) 642-9800, or

If you would like to inquire about presenting a seminar yourself, or have suggestions for other potential speakers, please contact Josh Goldstein at

Video recordings of past presentations can be viewed at, and on the home page of this website.

Spring 2018 Schedule of Talks*

January 17        Juan Pedroza, Department of Sociology, Stanford: Deportation Discretion: Tiered Influence, Minority Threat, and ‘Secure Communities’ Deportations

January 24        Ayesha Mahmud, Harvard University: Drivers of infectious disease dynamics: Quantifying the impact of demography and climate

January 31        Marcella Alsan, Stanford School of Medicine: Fear and the Safety Net: Evidence from Secure Communities 

February 7        Shelley Clark, McGill University: Can Subsidized Early Child Care Promote Women’s Employment? Evidence from a Slum Settlement in Africa

February 14      Roundtable: Ray Catalano, Josh Goldstein, Magali Barbieri, Andrew Noymer: Understanding US Life Expectancy Declines in the International Context

February 21      Megan Sweeney, UCLA:  Contraceptive Choice across the Reproductive Life Course

February 28      S. Anukriti, Boston College: On the Quantity and Quality of Girls: New Evidence on Abortion, Fertility, and Parental Investments

March 14          Magali Barbieri, UC Berkeley/INED: Increasing divergence of trends in life expectancy between the US and other high-income countries: The role of
                          diseases of despair

March 21         Brandon Stewart, Princeton: How to Make Causal Inferences Using Texts

April 4             Sandra Florian, University of Pennsylvania: Immigrant Women Labor Market Incorporation: A Double-Cohort Approach

April 11           Ann Owens, Department of Sociology, USC: Building Segregation: The Role of Housing Characteristics in Racial Segregation between Neighborhoods

April 18           Pascaline Dupas, Stanford: Title TBA

* Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Talks receive support from the Berkeley Population Center, the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, and the Department of Demography