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 not generally circulated in advance. Regular and decaffeinated coffee will be available, as well as cookies and hot water for tea. Administrative inquiries may be addressed to the Demography Office at 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

SPRING 2017 Schedule of Talks

January 25          Lowell Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University,  The Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the Golden Era of Upward Mobility

February 1          Claude Fischer, UC Berkeley,  Introducing UCNets, Wave 1: Drawing on Family and Being Drawn on by Family

February 8          (CANCELLED)  Hans-Peter Kohler, University of Pennsylvania, Surviving the Epidemic: Families and Well-Being, Malawi 1998—2013

February 15        Elisabeth Root, Ohio State University, Local Context and the Effectiveness of Health Systems Decentralization in Rural Honduras: Evidence for Improved Child        Health?

February 22        Jeremy Freese, Stanford University, The Problem of Causal Mutualisms, The Promise of Polygenic Scores, and The Pervasive Divergence of Human Lives

March 1               Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan, Family Wealth as Intergenerational Insurance

March 15            (CANCELLED) Marcia Castro, Harvard University , Impact of the Zika Virus outbreak on Brazilian fertility

March 22            Emma Spiro, University of Washington, Look Who's Watching: Understanding the Audience of Police on Social Media

April 5                 Phil Cohen, University of Michigan, Marriage, birth timing, poverty and health

April 12               Population Association of America Conference Student Practice Presentations

April 19               Chris Muller, UC Berkeley, Tenancy, Marriage, and the Boll Weevil Infestation, 1892-1930

May 3                  Emily Marshall, Franklin & Marshall College, Measuring Cultural Models and Contraceptive Use Among Young US Women

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