Jennifer Brite, Graduate Assistant, CUNY School of Public Health

Jennifer Brite

is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Public Health program, where she is in the epidemiology track. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from New York University in 2002 and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University in 2012. Her research interests include biodemography, particularly the effects of obesity and socioeconomic status on maternal and child health. Read More

“The Demography Fellowship has allowed me to take a more interdisciplinary approach to my work in public health. I enjoy learning alongside students from other departments, such as economics and sociology, because they often bring a new perspective to a research question.

I’ve found the demographic methods taught in the program are well suited to a variety of disciplines and research interests. I’m currently working with Professor Jennifer Dowd to examine the association between early-life social exposures and various later-life biomarkers, such as telomere length and markers of inflammation, in a sample from the Whitehall II study in Great Britain.”

Demography Fellow Annette Jacoby

Annette Jacoby

is a fourth-year graduate student in Sociology and a research apprentice at the CUNY Center for Urban Research. She is mainly interested in immigration, diversity, urban sociology and segregation.

“I like being a CIDR fellow as it has enhanced my view of sociology by looking at the underlying population dynamics and their consequences for society. Furthermore, I have met fellow apprentices through CIDR, with whom I could share my experience and thoughts and even work on projects together. Read More

I am currently working on research in a variety of topics, such as individual and contextual determinants of electoral participation (and nonparticipation) in my apprenticeship with Professor John Mollenkopf and the effects of shifting demographic patterns on age-specific segregation patterns with Professor Jeremy Porter. In general, I am interested in how greater diversity of demographic patterns and high migration rates affect social cohesion, solidarity and civic engagement.”

Demography Fellow Eric Ketcham

Eric Ketcham

is a fourth 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 third 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 Timothy Roeper

Timothy Roeper

is in his fifth year of the Economics PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a research apprentice at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) and a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research interests include labor, health, and family economics.

“CIDR is a great interdisciplinary community. The demography fellowship has given me a chance to interact with and learn from faculty and students outside my discipline that are studying the same types of questions I am interested in. Read More

The certificate courses and casual conversations in the CIDR office have given me new ways of thinking about my existing research interests and new ideas for potential topics. I have also benefited from the opportunity to work with faculty on research. Together with Professor Neil Bennett, I am studying the economic effects of divorce.”

Demography Fellow Duygu Başaran Şahin

Duygu Başaran Şahin

is a third 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. “

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. ”