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 dmurphy(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 the Population Sciences at Berkeley YouTube site, 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.

Fall Semester 2019

September 4  

Juan Manuel García González, Professor, Sociology, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville: Life course and emotional health of centenarians in Spain: findings from the Sevilla and Salamanca Centenarian Studies

Sepember 11  

Samuel J. Clark, Professor, Sociology, Ohio State: A General Mortality Model and Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use

September 18 

Mark Hayward, Professor, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin: Life course origins of dementia for black and white Americans

September 25

Benjamin Domingue, Professor, Sociology, Stanford University:  Genetics and Education: Recent Developments in the Context of an Ugly History and an Uncertain Future

October 2

Jeronimo Muñiz, Professor, Sociology, University of British ColumbiaRacial fluidity and its impact on income inequality over time

October 9

Margot Jackson, Professor, Sociology, Brown University:  Public Investments and Class Gaps in Parents' Educational Expenditures: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

October 16

Daniel Goodkind, Researcher, United States Census Bureau:  600 Million and Counting: How Demographers Missed the Astonishing Population Reduction Caused by China's Birth Planning Program

October 23

Christopher Wildeman, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology, Cornell University: The Long-Term Consequences of Solitary Confinement

October 30

Anna Godøy, Labor economist; postdoctoral scholar, UC Berkeley Institute on Research for Labor and Employment: Economics of Fertility: Evidence from the Minimum Wage

November 6

Michal Engelman, Professor, Sociology, University of Wisconsin:  Inequality and Health across the Life Course: Gradual Change or Punctuated Equilibrium?

November 20

David Rehkopf, Professor of Medicine; Health Disparities Research Group Leader, Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality: The long-term impacts of large-scale public works spending on population health

December 4

Susan Parker, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy: Do Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Economic Outcomes in the Next Generation? Evidence from Mexico

December 11

Emma Aguila, Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California:  Public Income Support and Health at Older Ages