Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Talks

Demography Brown Bag seminars are held in the Fall and Spring semesters. They take place in the Demography Department seminar room at 2232 Piedmont Avenue, on (most) Wednesdays from 12:10 to 1:00, although the discussion often continues for a few minutes past 1:00. Please try to arrive before 12:10 so that we can start promptly at the scheduled time. Papers are occasionally available in advance. Regular and decaffeinated coffee, hot water for tea, and cookies are provided for refreshment.

Administrative inquiries, including requests to be added to the department's "Brown Bag Announcements List",  may be addressed to the Demography Office at (510) 642-9800, or to monique(at)  If you would like to ask about presenting a seminar yourself, or have suggestions for other potential speakers, please contact Josh Goldstein at josh(at)

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

Spring Semester 2019

January 23

Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves, The Oasis Initiative, UC Berkeley:  Does a Eurocentric Theory of the Demographic Transition apply to Africa?

January 30                                 

Ron Lee, Demography, UC Berkeley:  Production and reproduction: life history strategies for females in humans and other species

February 6                                  

Jennifer Van Hook, Sociology, Penn State University:  Educational Integration Across Generations among Mexicans and Other Origin Groups

February 13                                

Jennifer Karas Montez,  Sociology, Syracuse University:  Have U.S. States Contributed to the Growing Inequalities in Life Expectancy?

February 20                                

Janet Currie, Economics, Princeton University:  Life, Death, and Mental Health: How Access to Care Helps Children Succeed

February 27                                

Margaret Frye, Sociology, University of Michigan, and Sara Lopus, Social Science, Cal Poly: Compositional constraints and social conventions in African assortative mating

March 6

Jesse Rothstein, Public Policy & Economics, UC Berkeley: The Lost Generation? Scarring After the Great Recession

March 13                         

Will Dow, Public Health, UC Berkeley:  Determinants of Parental Leave-Taking: A Quasi-Experimental Study of San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

March 20                         

PAA Practice Talks--CANCELLED

March 27                         

Spring Break: No talk this week

April 3                                          

Diederik Boertien, Centre for Demographic Studies, University of Barcelona:  Diverging destinies? Changing family structures and inequality of opportunity in the United States

April 10                            

PAA Meetings in Austin, TX: No talk this week

April 17                            

Anne Solaz,  Institut National D'études Démographiques (INED), Paris: Diversity in post-separation living arrangements and educational outcomes in adolescence

April 24                            

Ziad Obermeyer, Public Health, UC Berkeley: Are we over-testing? Using machine learning to understand physician decisions

May 1                                           

Kevin Thomas, Sociology, Demography, African Studies, Penn State University:  Foreign student emigration to the United States: pathways of entry, demographic antecedents, and origin-country contexts