Demography Fellow Eric Ketcham

Eric Ketcham

is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and is pursuing a certificate in Demography. His research interests include immigration, language acquisition, and bilingualism.

“The Demography Fellowship has been a great opportunity for me to develop my skills and knowledge within the broad field of Demography. This fellowship offers the opportunity to work closely with professors with a wide array of demographic interests. Read More

It is great to have such a tight-knit group of professors and fellows to work with at CIDR. Working with Professor Jeremy Porter, currently I am exploring international migration patterns for first generation immigrants to the United States. First, I am creating maps to visualize the data, and then will use the data to explore the effects of these patterns on English language acquisition.”

Carrie Mills, Demography Fellow

Carrie Mills

is a fifth year doctoral student in the Public Health program in the Epidemiology track. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rice University in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University in 2006. Her research interests include mental health and stress, the intersection of mental and physical health, and the use of biomarkers in epidemiological research.

“The Demography Fellowship and related coursework is giving me more methodological tools and approaches to use in my life as an epidemiologist. Read More

I am excited to be working with Deborah Balk and learning about spatial analysis and how to include it in my research; we are currently working on a project linking a brand new spatial dataset of the global built-environment with international survey data.”

Demography Fellow Duygu Başaran Şahin

Duygu Başaran Şahin

is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Sociology and a research apprentice at CIDR. She received a B.A. in sociology from Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2008 and a Masters degree in population, health and social policies from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France in 2009. Prior to coming to CUNY, she worked for varios NGOs in Turkey and the U.S., most recently as a program coordinator for a UN based NGO in New York, doing advocacy work to promote human rights of older people. In Turkey, she coordinated a nation-wide education project that aimed to prevent school drop-out at the elementary school level. Read More

“As a first year student I am still exploring what my research interests are. I am broadly interested in social issues relating to aging, family and health. Currently I am working as a research apprentice to Professor Frank Heiland, researching U.S. mortality and retirement.

With regard to my fellowship at CIDR, I am really excited to get into a new field, demograpy, and develop an expertise in quantitative methods that I hope to integrate into my sociological work. I think CIDR has one of the best and most friendly fellows and faculty. “

Research Assistant and Demography Fellow Paradorn Wongchanapai. He is a third-year doctoral student in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) with a specialization in Geography and is also pursuing a certificate in Demography

Paradorn Wongchanapai

is a third-year doctoral student in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) with a specialization in Geography and is also pursuing a certificate in Demography. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stony Brook University. He also received both a Master’s Degree in Geography and a Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate from Hunter College.

Paradorn’s research interests includes spatial patterns of urbanization, the impacts of urbanization, and environmental changes on populations. He is currently working with professor Deborah Balk and professor Bryan Jones. Read More


“Being a CIDR fellow is a great opportunity to work closely and collaborate with demography professors. Demography at CIDR includes interdisciplinary research topics ranging from physical to social science. I am excited to be working with professor Balk and professor Jones. I hope to contribute spatial analysis skills to demography researches. Most importantly, working at CIDR is exciting and fun!”

Demography Fellow Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa

is Ph.D. candidate in sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and fellow at the Institute for Demographic Research. He received a BA in political science from Tec de Monterrey and a master’s degree in regional development from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana. His dissertation work, supervised by Prof. Robert Smith, focuses on the social mobility and family life of parents born in Mexico and living in New York City after the last immigration reform in the United States. Read More

“Our complex, dynamic, and diverse societies require a great deal of collaborative and interdisciplinary research work. I strongly recommend the Certificate Program in Demography to people interested in conducting comprehensive and rigorous research projects accentuating a population perspective. CIDR constitutes a privileged space for the interaction, debate, production and exchange of ideas among students and experienced demographers. In my case, with Prof. Holly Reed I have been able to investigate the refugee health disadvantage among U.S. immigrants. Additionally, with Prof. Richard Alba I have been able to study the major ethno-racial transformations taking place in the contemporary American labor force. ”