Faculty Research Profiles



Distinguished Professor, Sociology, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1974
Research Fields: immigration; race & ethnicity; urbanization

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Dr. Alba’s areas of specialization are the sociology and demography of migration, race and ethnicity, and urban sociology primarily in the United States. His research has an increasingly comparative focus. With funding from the NSF he has recently completed a study of Children of Immigrants in Schools, and with funding from the NIH, Dr. Alba and colleagues at the University of Albany are studying The Social Contexts of the Children of Immigrants. Dr. Alba’s most recent book, Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America, was published by Harvard University Press in fall 2009.


Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Research Fields: urbanization; development; population & environment; spatial demography

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Dr. Balk is Professor of Public Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, Professor in the Public Health, Economics, and Sociology Ph.D. Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Associate Director of the CUNY Institute of Demographic Research. She is also a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research is on urban demography in low- and middle-income countries. She combines demographic and spatial frameworks to examine urbanization and related demographic behaviors with respect to environmental factors, in particular climate change. She has several active research projects, funded by the NSF, AXA Research Fund, and NASA, with collaborators at the Population Council, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Jet Propulsion Lab. These projects examine Multi-Scale Processes Affecting Spatial Population Distributions; City Growth, Urbanization and Climate-Related Risks in the 21st Century; and demographic change and the built environment in mega cities of Asia. Using a spatial demographic lens, she also studies poverty, and demographic and health outcomes and change in developing countries.

Selected Publications:

D. Balk and M. Montgomery, 2015. “Guest Editorial: Spatializing Demography for the Urban FutureSpatial Demography 3(2): pp.59-62

Dorelien, D. Balk and M. Todd 2013. “What is Urban? Comparing a Satellite View with Demographic & Health Surveys,” Population and Development Review 39(3): 413–439

R.I. McDonald, P. Green, D. Balk, B. Fekete, C. Revenga, M. Todd, and M. Montgomery, 2011. “Urban growth, climate change, and freshwater availability,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 3(21): 1-6

G. McGranahan, D. Balk and B. Anderson, 2007. “The rising tide: Assessing the Risks of Climate Change and Human Settlements in Low Elevation Coastal Zones,” Environment and Urbanization. 19(1):17-37 Available


Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1981
Research Fields: demography of the life course; mathematical demography; indirect demographic estimation

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Dr. Bennett’s current research focuses on conflict and on various aspects of the marital life course. He is examining the determinants of domestic conflict around the world – demographic, social, economic, environmental, etc. – and exploring methods that would help to forecast such conflict. He is also developing duration-specific demographic models of marital outcomes, particularly divorce and remarriage, and delving into issues surrounding assortative mating.
Generally, Dr. Bennett’s research interests also continue to lie in the areas of mortality, mathematical demography, and indirect demographic estimation. Dr. Bennett was the founding executive director of the New York Census Research Data Center (NYCRDC), an NSF supported research institution located in the same building as CIDR, and in the past served on the Boards of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Guttmacher Institute.

Selected Publications:

“A reflection on the changing dynamics of union formation and dissolution”, Demographic Research, Volume 36, Article 12, Pages 371-390, 24 Jan 2017

The Starting Gate: The Determinants and Consequences of Low Birth Weight. With Dalton Conley and Kate W. Strully. University of California Press, 2003.

“Estimating the Completeness of Death Registration in a Closed Population.” With Shiro Horiuchi. Population Index, Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer 1981, pp. 207-221.

“Commitment and the Modern Union: Assessing the Link between Premarital Cohabitation and Subsequent Marital Stability.” With Ann Klimas Blanc and David E. Bloom. American Sociological Review, Vol. 53, No. 1, February 1988, pp. 127-138.

“The Divergence of Black and White Marriage Patterns.” With David E. Bloom and Patricia H. Craig. American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 95, No. 3, November 1989, pp. 692-722.


Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., Yale University, 1973
Research Fields: the demography of New York City; spatial demography; immigration; race & ethnicity

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Dr. Beveridge has a long-term research focus on the social and demographic fabric of New York City. With a contract from the New York Times, he analyzes Census Bureau data of the New York Metropolitan Area. In collaboration with the IPUMS project of the University of Minnesota he is currently engaged in an NSF-funded effort to create The National Historical Geographic Information System and an NIH-funded effort on an Integrated Public Use Microdata Sample Redesign.

Dr. Beveridge’s research has also focused on making spatial demographic data for the United States publicly available and for pedagogical applications via Social Explorer, such as the NSF-funded Creating and Disseminating Tools to Teach with Demographic Data Maps and Materials.


Assistant Professor, Department of Human Services, New York City College of Technology
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
Research Fields: mental health and caregiving, aging, depression in older Korean American caregivers

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Dr. Cho’s current research focuses on chronic mental/behavioral health and its disparities, and stress adaptation among older population.
Specifically, she is concentrating on the behavioral disparities in culturally diverse older populations. Over the last three years, she has been involved in research to investigate risk factors for health disparities in behavioral health – including diabetes, hypertension, dementia, and depression among minority older population. In addition, she is exploring different types of psychoeducational intervention programs to people with chronic illness and their caregivers.


Associate Professor, Economics and Business, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College
Ph.D., New York University, 2008
Research Fields: Health Economics, Development Economics; Demography; Impacts of Economic Changes on Mental Health

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Dr. Prabal K. De is Associate Professor of economics at The Colin Powell School in the City College of New York and a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Development Research Institute of New York University. His current research interests lie at the intersection of development economics, health economics and demography. His current projects include studying health disparities among minority and immigrant groups in the United States, examining links between education and health behavior in developing countries, and estimating the impacts of economic changes on mental health around the world. Dr. De’s research has been funded by National Cancer Institute and PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund among other organizations. Previously he had served as a consultant with the World Bank Group in their Development Economics Prospects Group. He received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University in 2008.

Selected Publications:

De, Prabal K., “Causal Effects of Maternal Schooling on Child Immunization in India.” Forthcoming in Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research.

De, Prabal K. “Cultural transmission and contraceptive use: evidence from USA–Mexico migration.” Migration and Development 2, no. 2 (2013): 286-311.

De, Prabal K., and Dilip Ratha. “Impact of remittances on household income, asset and human capital: Evidence from Sri Lanka.” Migration and Development 1, no. 1 (2012): 163-179.


Associate Professor, Economics & Business, Lehman College
Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 2008
Research Fields: Health Economics; HIV/AIDS; Health Disparities; Economic Evaluation

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Juan J. DelaCruz’s work analyzes HIV-related disparities and aims to estimate the economic costs of HIV interventions. He is a health economist who specializes in the economic and social determinants of health, particularly those factors influencing the HIV epidemic. His research sustains that HIV-infected longtime survivors face disproportionate health outcomes, including disability and early death. His work is to analyze the economics HIV and employs mixed quantitative methods to evaluate the effects of HIV on human capital and economic costs, emphasizing the differences in health outcomes across age, sexual orientation and race/ethnicity. Statistical methods include econometric devices (linear and logistic regressions), computer-based simulation (Markov model) and decision analysis to estimate the burden of disease. His work provides an opportunity to assess the needs of HIV-infected individuals from an economic and multi-cultural perspective. An expected outcome of his work is the construction of a framework of economic analysis to understand public health problems, leading to a more rigorous study of health disparities and economic evaluation.

Selected Publications:

DelaCruz, JJ, Karpiak, SE, Brennan-Ing, M (2015), “Health Outcomes for Older Hispanics with HIV in New York City Using the Oaxaca Decomposition Approach”, Global Journal of Health Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 133-143

DelaCruz, JJ; Papanikolaou, N and Wu, R (2013), “The Influence of Imprisonment on HIV and its Impact on Health-Related Inequalities in New York City”, IJ of Economics and Business Research, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2013, pp. 115-126

DelaCruz, JJ (2011), “The State of the HIV Epidemic in Latin America and The Caribbean: Policy Recommendation” Global Journal of Health Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2, October 2011, pp. 56-69


Professor, Political Science, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1994
Research Fields: gender equality in the labor force, child poverty, income inequality, family demography; social policy

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Janet Gornick is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has also served, since 2006, as Director of LIS (formerly, the Luxembourg Income Study), a cross-national data archive and research center located in Luxembourg, with a satellite office at the Graduate Center. Most of her research is comparative and concerns social welfare policies and their impact on gender disparities in the labor market and income inequality. She has published articles on gender inequality, employment, and social policy in several journals, including American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Socio-Economic Review, Journal of European Social Policy, European Sociological Review, Social Science Quarterly, Monthly Labor Review, and Feminist Economics. She served as Guest Editor for “Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in High-Employment Economies: Policy Designs and their Consequences,” a special double issue of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (2006-2007). She is co-author or co-editor of three books: Families That Work: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment (Russell Sage Foundation 2003), Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor (Verso Press 2009), and Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries (Stanford University Press 2013).

Selected Publications:

Gornick, Janet C., and Markus Jäntti (eds), Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and The Middle Class in Affluent Countries. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, Social Inequality Series. (Paperback 2014.)

Smeeding, Timothy, and Janet C. Gornick. (forthcoming.) “Redistributional Policy in Rich Countries.” Annual Review of Sociology (43).

Gornick, Janet C. “Leave Policies in Challenging times: What Have We learned? What Lies Ahead?Community, Work & Family. 18(2): 236-243


Distinguished Professor, Economics, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1970
Research Fields: Health Economics; demand for electronic cigarettes; incentives to quit smoking; schooling and fertility control

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Dr. Grossman’s research has focused on economic models of the determinants of health, the economics of substance use and abuse, determinants of interest rates on tax-exempt hospital bonds, the effects of excise taxes on cigarette smoking by pregnant women, the relationship between substance use and risky sexual behavior by teenagers, the economics of obesity, the effects of managed care on hospital prices for bypass surgery and for angioplasty, the introduction of national health insurance and compulsory school reform in Taiwan on child health outcomes in that country, and the effects of food prices on body composition of children. His current projects deal with the effects of alternative treatments for coronary artery disease on incentives to quit smoking, the determinants of the demand for electronic cigarettes, and the effects of young women’s schooling on knowledge and use of contraceptives in Mexico.

Selected Publications:

Determinants of Health: An Economic Perspective. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming

Economic Aspects of Obesity, edited with Naci Mocan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011

“A Behavioral Model of Alcohol Advertising and Price” (with Henry Saffer and Dhaval Dave), Health Economics, forthcoming



Assistant Professor, Hunter College
Ph.D., Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
Research Fields: Transition to adulthood; family demography and family health; education; race, class, and gender inequality; life course

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Dr. Hardie’s research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of inequality at several stages in the life course. She has studied gender differences in occupational aspirations in adolescence, how economic hardship shapes romantic relationship quality, and the consequences of unrealized aspirations for young adult health and wellbeing. Dr. Hardie’s current research examines class and race differences in young women’s transitions to adulthood, with attention to how young women balance work, school, and family life during this period. Her other current work investigates racial/ethnic and gender academic achievement disparities among young children and how schools may be able to close these gaps. Finally, Dr. Hardie has published and continues to conduct research in the area of family health, examining how maternal and paternal health problems have implications for children’s wellbeing and development.

Selected Publications:

Forthcoming Hardie, Jessica Halliday and Judith A. Seltzer. “Parent-child Relationships at the Transition to Adulthood: A Comparison of Black, Hispanic, and White Immigrant and Native-Born Youth.” Social Forces

Forthcoming Hardie, Jessica Halliday and Kristin Turney. “The Intergenerational Consequences of Parental Health Limitations.” Journal of Marriage and Family

Hardie, Jessica Halliday. “The Best Laid Plans: Social Capital in the Development of Girls’ Educational and Occupational Plans.” Social Problems 62(2):241-265.


Associate Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2002
Research Fields: family demography; population aging; obesity; European demography

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Dr. Heiland’s research is concentrated in the following three areas: family demography, population aging, and obesity. He has investigated the relationships between family structure, parental relationship transitions and child health and development, the time-use patterns and quantity-quality trade-offs faced by working mothers, the social context of weight-related behaviors and rising obesity among adolescents and adults in the US, the measurement of work disability using self-reports and disability vignette data, how well older Americans are able to predict the value of their homes, the stability of fertility preferences in Europe, and the determinants of East-West German migration after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In recent work, supported by the Social Security Administration, Dr. Heiland has studied the impact of Social Security and private pension wealth on labor supply, benefit take-up behavior, and retirement well-being in the US.

Selected Publications:

Heiland, F., Price, J., & Wilson, R. (2015). Maternal Employment and Time Investments in Children. Review of the Economics of the Household

Heiland, F., & Yin, N. (2015). Anchoring Vignettes in the Health and Retirement Study: How Medical Professionals and Disability Recipients Characterize the Severity of Work Limitations? PLOS ONE

Burke, M. A., Heiland, F., & Nadler, C. (2010). From “Overweight” to “About Right”: Evidence of a Generational Shift in Body Weight Norms. Obesity, 18(6), 1226-1234


Professor, Sociology, Hunter College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1976
Research Fields: Children; inequality; immigrant circumstances, demography

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Dr. Hernandez is author of America’s Children: Resources from Family, Government, and the Economy (Russell Sage Foundation, 1993), the first national research using children as the unit of analysis to document the timing, magnitude, and reasons for revolutionary changes experienced by children since the Great Depression in family composition, parent’s education, father’s and mother’s work, and family income and poverty.

Recent publications include Mother’s Education and Children’s Outcomes: How Dual-Generation Programs Offer Increased Opportunities for America’s Families (Foundation for Child Development, FCD), Children in Immigrant Families in Eight Affluent Countries: Their Family, National, and International Context (UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre), Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America’s New Non-Majority Generation (FCD), Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation (Annie E. Casey Foundation), Declining Fortunes of Children in Middle-Class Families: Economic Inequality and Child Well-Being in the 21st Century (FCD), PreK-3rd: Next Steps for State Longitudinal Data Systems (FCD), “Early Childhood Education Programs: Accounting for Low Enrollment in Immigrant and Minority Families”, in The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in Comparative Perspective (NYU Press),

He currently is conducting research on disparities in child well-being and parental voting by race-ethnic, immigrant, and socioeconomic status.

Selected Publications:

Masten, Ann S., Karmela Liebkind, and Donald J. Hernandez (eds.) (2012), Realizing the Potential of Immigrant Youth Cambridge: Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press

Hernandez, Donald J. (2014), “Child Well-Being and Ethnic Diversity in Affluent Societies” Pp. 3159-3192 in Asher Ben-Arieh, Ferran Casa, Ivar Frones, Jill E. Korbin, The Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods, and Policies in Global Perspective Berlin: Springer Science+Business

Hernandez, Donald J., and Karen G. Marotz (2012). “Disparities in Child Well-Being across Income Groups: Trends in the U.S. from 1985 to 2008Child Indicators Research. 5(1): 93-121


Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CUNY School of Public Health
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1981
Research Fields: Aging and longevity; demographic methodology; mathematical demography

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Dr. Horiuchi’s research focuses on aging and longevity, with special attention to methodological issues. He is currently studying: biodemographic mechanisms of mortality acceleration at younger old ages in humans; cohort mortality variations among survivors of the First and Second World Wars; and relationships between longevity extension and old-age mortality compression.

Selected Publications:

2015. S. Horiuchi. Age structure. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Vol. 1. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 338-343

2013. Horiuchi, N. Ouellette, S.L.K. Cheung and J. M. Robine. Modal age at death: Lifespan indicator in the era of longevity extension. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 11: 37-69

2011. Shiro Horiuchi. Major causes of the rapid longevity extension in postwar Japan. Japan Journal of Population 9:28-37


Associate Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
Research Fields: sociology of the family; social stratification; demography; race/ethnicity

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Dr. Hsin’s current research focuses on the social determinants of children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills; explaining racial/ethnic disparities in children’s academic achievement; understanding the effect of educational assortative mating on adult health and wellbeing. Her research combines theories and empirical methods from developmental psychology, labor economics and demography. She has published articles on the effect of parental time investments and maternal employment on child development and socioeconomic differences in parental time investments in children.

Selected Publications:

Hsin, Amy. “How Selective Migration Enables Class Mobility.” Forthcoming in Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Hsin, Amy and Christina Felfe. 2014. “When Does Time Matter? Maternal Employment, Children’s Time with Parents and Child Development.” Demography 51(5): 1867-1894

Hsin, Amy and Yu Xie. 2014. “Explaining Asian American’s Academic Achievement over Whites.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(23): 8416-8421.


Professor, Economics, Graduate Center
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995
Research Fields: immigration, education, child health, quantitative history

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Dr. Jaeger’s research interests include immigration, education, and health. He has studied the impact of immigration on the U.S., the determinants of immigrants’ location preferences in the U.S., and the role of risk preferences in Germany in determining migration. He has recently received a grant from the NIH to examine the impact of maternal fasting on birthweight and neonatal mortality in Germany (with collaborators Onur Altindag and Markus Gehrsitz). He is also currently engaged in a long-term research project on the relationship between monasteries, the nobility, and urbanization in 11th-13th century Germany (with collaborator Alison Beach).

Selected Publications:

Does Classroom Time Matter?” (with Ted Joyce, Sean Crockett, Onur Altindag, and Stephen D. O’Connell) Economics of Education Review 46:64-77 (June 2015)

Can Militants Use Violence to Win Public Support? Evidence from the Second Intifada” (with Esteban Klor, Sami Miaari, and M. Daniele Paserman) Journal of Conflict Resolution 59(3):528-549 (April 2015)

The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States” (with Randall K.Q. Akee and Konstantinos Tatsiramos) Economics Bulletin 33(1):126-137 (January 2013)


Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012
Research Fields: spatial statistics/GIS, mathematical demography, urban/rural population dynamics, rural development, and migration

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Bryan is currently a NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellow. His current work explores the relationship between spatial population dynamics, urbanization, and climate change vulnerability. At CIDR, he is the principal investigator in three-year research initiative entitled “developing new models to understand human vulnerability to climate-related hazards at multiple scales.” This project explores the multi-scale drivers of spatial population change as part of an ongoing effort to model spatially explicit, alternative population and urbanization futures consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenario framework. Concurrent projections of climate change and variability are incorporated, facilitating the spatially explicit assessment of physical and socioeconomic vulnerability to climate-related hazards.

Bryan holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and M.A. in Geography from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include spatial statistics/GIS, population dynamics and migration, rural development, and risk/vulnerability assessment. In the past he has worked on methods for assessing the socioeconomic and demographic impacts of large-scale rural development projects, as well as indirect methods for estimating age-specific migration patterns, particularly for countries in which no migration data are collected.

Selected Publications:

Jones, B. and O’Neill B.C. (2016) Spatially explicit global population scenarios consistent with the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Environmental Research Letters 11(8):084003. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/8/084003.

Jones, B., O’Neill, B.C., McGinnis, S.A., McDaniel, L., Tebaldi, C., and Mearns, L. (2015) Future population exposure to U.S. heat extremes. Nature Climate Change, 5: 652-655, doi:10.1038/nclimate2631

Jones, B. (2014) Assessment of a gravity-based approach to constructing future spatial population scenarios. The Journal of Population Research, 31(1): 71-95.


Professor, Economics and Finance, Baruch College
Ph.D., City University of New York Graduate Center, 1985
Research Fields: fertility & family planning; investments in children; social policy; research design

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Dr. Joyce’s research focuses on investments in children, reproductive outcomes, and policy as well as on measurement and methods of analysis. Dr. Joyce’s recent research on Policy Changes and Pregnancy Outcomesand Parental Involvement Laws and Reproductive Outcomes was funded by the NIH. With funding from the US Department of Agriculture, he has studied the Association Between Prenatal WIC Exposure and Maternal Behavior, Health and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System.

Selected Publications:

Joyce, Ted and Julie Reeder. “Changes in Breastfeeding among WIC Participants Following Implementation of the New Food Package.” Maternal and Child Health Journal. 19 (4): 868–876

Joyce, Ted, Tan, Ruoding, Zhang, Yuxiu. 2013. “Abortion Before and After Roe.” Journal of Health Economics 32(3): 804-815

Joyce, Ted. “Did Legalized Abortion Lower Crime?The Journal of Human Resources 39.1 (2004): 1-28


Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1989
Research Fields: investments in children; family demography; social policy

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Dr. Korenman’s research centers mainly on social inequality, social policy, labor market and demographic behaviors. He has investigated socioeconomic, health and developmental effects of fertility timing and unintended births; effects of maternal employment and child care quality on child health and development; and is currently involved in projects related to poverty measurement and health insurance. Dr. Korenman is currently funded by the Russell Sage Foundation for research on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on poverty, with Professor Dahlia Remler.

Selected Publications:

DK Remler, SD Korenman & RT Hyson. 2017. Estimating the Effects of Health Insurance and Other Social Programs on Poverty Under the Affordable Care Act. Health Affairs 36: 1828-1837

SD Korenman & DK Remler. 2016. Including Health Insurance in Poverty Measurement: The Impact of Massachusetts Health Reform on Poverty. Journal of Health Economics 50: 27–35

S Baert, F Heiland & S Korenman. 2016. Native-Immigrant Gaps in Educational and School-to-Work Transitions in the 2nd Generation: The Role of Gender and Ethnicity. De Economist (Netherlands Economic Review) 164: 159-186


Assistant Professor, Sociology, City College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
Research Fields: Housing Demography, Social Stratification, Urban Sociology, Social Policy

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Yana Kucheva holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California – Los Angeles. Between 2012 and 2015 she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Her research focuses on the relationships between social policy, social stratification, neighborhood inequality, and the wellbeing of families and children. She has pursued two lines of inquiry: one that examines the relationship between subsidized housing and racial and economic segregation and one that examines the relationship between housing policy, household formation, and the transition to adulthood. Dr. Kucheva’s current projects include a study of how the implementation of fair housing laws affect racial segregation and a study of spatial segregation using the capabilities of mobile phones. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Kucheva has worked on policy projects that developed a plan for lowering California’s poverty rate and that examined the geographic isolation of the elderly in the United States.

Selected Publications:

Kucheva, Yana. 2014. “The Receipt of Subsidized Housing across Generations.” Population Research and Policy Review 33: 841-871

Kucheva, Yana and Richard Sander. 2014. “The Misunderstood Consequences of Shelley v. Kraemer.” Social Science Research 48: 212-233

Sander, Richard, Yana Kucheva, and Jonathan Zasloff. Urban Pioneers and the Dream of an Integrated Society. Harvard University Press. Under contract


Assistant Professor, Sociology, Lehman College
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2016
Research Fields: Poverty, Immigration, Social Policy, Social Stratification

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Jennifer Laird is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehman College, CUNY. Her research interests include poverty, employment disparities, immigration, and social stratification. Prior to coming to Lehman College, she was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Washington.

Selected Publications:

Laird, Jennifer. 2017.  “Public Sector Employment Inequality in the United States and the Great Recession.”  Demography, 54, 391-411.

Laird, Jennifer. 2015.  “Unemployment among Mexican Immigrant Men in the United States, 2003 – 2012.”  Social Science Research, 49, 202-216.


Professor, Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences, Lehman College
Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2000
Research Fields: population geography; urban environmental health; spatial demography

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Dr. Maantay’s research is on urban environmental health, including the role played by socio-demographic factors in environmental health justice. Focusing on urban environmental issues, she uses geographic information science as an organizational and methodological framework for her research, in particular to study the effects of neighborhoods and the built environment on health outcomes. She has developed a new method for fine-resolution mapping of population density and distribution, by using a method of data disaggregation and an automated expert system, for intra-urban application. Her current collaborative research, on environmental health in the Bronx, is funded by NOAA (Asthma and Air Pollution in the Bronx), by NIEHS (on participatory GIS) and by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (on the built-environment and diabetes and obesity).

Selected Publications:

Maantay, J.A. and Maroko, A.R., 2015. “At-Risk” Places: Environmental Stressors and Prescription Rates for Mental Health Medications in Glasgow, Scotland. Environmental Research (10):16 pages

Maantay, J.A., 2013. The Collapse of Place: Derelict Land, Deprivation, and Health Inequality in Glasgow, Scotland. Cities and the Environment, 6(1): Article 10 (55 pages)

Maantay, J.A., and Becker, S., eds., 2012. The Health Impacts of Global Climate Change: A Geographic Perspective, Journal of Applied Geography, 33: 1-106


Distinguished Professor, Political Science, Graduate Center
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1974
Research Fields: urban politics, public policy, comparative urbanism

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Dr. Mollenkopf directs the CUNY Center for Urban Research, housed at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research combines public policy and urban studies with emphasis on immigration and immigrants. With Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway, Dr. Mollenkopf recently completed Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (Harvard University Press 2008). With funding from the NIH and Russell Sage, Mellon, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, Dr. Mollenkopf leads a long-term study of The Immigrant Second Generation in Metropolitan New York.


Professor, Sociology; Chidren and Youth Studies Program Director, Brooklyn College
Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2008
Research Fields: Spatial Analysis of Demographic and Social Data; Racial Health Disparities, Racial Segregation, Poverty, Education

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Dr. Porter has a specific interest in the spatial analysis of demographic and social data. Substantively, he has published in the areas of racial health disparities, racial segregation, well-being and development, education, and demographic correlates of crime. His most recent books focus on the linkage of spatial theory to spatial methods (Geographical Sociology; 2012) and the development of middle range theory in the area of spatial demography (Recapturing Space; 2016). Additionally, he has published demographically centered pieces in Annual Review of Public Health, Population Research and Policy Review, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, and other outlets.

Selected Publications:

Porter, Jeremy R. and Frank M. Howell. Spatial Analysis of Social Data: A Beginners Guide. (Under Publication Contract). Springer: New York, NY

Porter, Jeremy R. and Frank M. Howell. Geographical Sociology: Theoretical Foundations and Methodological Applications in the Sociology of Location. Springer: New York: NY

Porter, Jeremy R. Human Development and the Fertility Reversal: A Spatially Centered Sub-National Examination in the U.S. Spatial Demography (Published OnLine First Awaiting Print)


Associate Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., Brown University, 2008
Research Fields: Migration & immigration; immigrant and refugee health and education; forced migration; demographic change in sub-Saharan Africa; population & development

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Professor Reed’s recent and current research focuses on: 1) the trajectories and outcomes of undocumented immigrant youth in higher education in the U.S.; 2) demographic dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, with a concentration on migration processes and their impact on migrants’ health and well-being; 3) how subnational fertility differentials in Nigeria will affect future population growth; and 4) how the World Bank’s investment in safe motherhood programs affects maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.

Selected Publications:

Holly E. Reed and Guillermo Yrizar-Barbosa. 2016 (in press) “Investigating the Refugee Health Disadvantage among the U.S. Immigrant Population.” Accepted at Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies

Holly E. Reed and Blessing U. Mberu. 2014 “Capitalizing on Nigeria’s Demographic Dividend: Reaping the Benefits and Diminishing the Burdens,” African Population Studies 27(2)

Holly E. Reed. 2013. “Moving across Boundaries: Migration in South Africa, 1950-2000Demography 50(1):71-95


Professor (Emerita), Economics, Hunter College
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1977
Research Fields: female labor force participation; immigration; retirement

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Dr. Reimer’s research interests lie in analyzing the labor market outcomes of various demographic groups, defined by race/ethnicity, nativity, gender, marital status, or age. Her research has also focused on retirement behavior and the determinants of labor force participation among the elderly. Recent research includes a study of recent trends in women’s labor force participation in the U.S., in an effort to understand why the long-term rise in married mothers’ labor force participation stagnated in the mid-1990s.


Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1994
Research Fields: health economics

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Dahlia Remler is Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York and at the CUNY Graduate Center Economics department. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, n affiliate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. Past research has focused on several areas in health care policy, including work on health care cost-containment, health care and insurance markets, cigarette tax regressivity, and health care information technology. Current research involves higher education policy, incorporating health insurance needs into poverty measurement, evaluating the effects of health reform on poverty and the effects of pedagogical interventions. The second edition of her textbook, Research Methods in Practice: Strategies for Description and Causation, co-authored with Gregg Van Ryzin, was published by SAGE in 2014.

Selected Publications:

Ted Joyce, Dahlia Remler, David A Jaeger, Onur Altindag, Stephen D O’Connell, and Sean Crockett. “On Measuring and Reducing Selection Bias with a Quasi-Doubly Randomized Preference Trial.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 36, no. 2 (2017): 438-459.

Sanders Korenman and Dahlia Remler. “Including Health Insurance in Poverty Measurement: The impact of Massachusetts Health Reform on Poverty.Journal of Health Economics 50, no. December (2016): 27-35.

Dahlia Remler and Sherry A. Glied. “How Much Cost-sharing Can We Expect from Health Savings Accounts?Health Affairs 25, no. 4 (2006): 1070-1078.


Assistant Professor, Silberman School of Social Research, Hunter College
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2016
Research Fields: consequences of urbanization and migration, big data analysis in social science, housing policy, social policy, digital community organizing, science, public policy and social welfare

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Dr. Rodriguez’s research interests intersect demography, data science, public policy and social welfare. Currently, her work investigates the policy development process within the federal housing policy subsystem, and identifies the impacts of contemporary housing policy on urban-dwelling low-income communities of color. Dr. Rodriguez is also working on a project that uses Twitter data to understand Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) experiences described in the hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft. Her role in the project involves using supervised machine learning to ‘scale-up’ traditional coding techniques.


Assistant Professor, Economics, Queens College

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2003
Research Fields: Labor Economics; Applied Microeconomics; Economic Demography; Child Support

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Prof. Roff’s recent research has focused on the empirical implications of marital matching for children as well as the effects of marriage laws on men’s behavior. Her research shows that marital matching, or “who marries whom”, has important associations with children’s outcomes, with children of couples who fare better in the marriage market scoring better on cognitive tests throughout childhood, controlling for parental individual characteristics. Recent work also has examined the bargaining implications of divorce law for men’s time spent in household work, as fathers in states with more liberal divorce laws show increased time spent in household work in states without joint custody laws. Prof. Roff’s previous research has examined the game-theoretic implications of welfare and child support laws on child support payments and fathers’ underground work. Her research has appeared in interdisciplinary and economics journals, including Science, The International Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources, and Labour Economics.

Selected Publications:

A Model Of Child Support and the Underground Economy” (joint with Julieta Lugo-Gil), Labour Economics, Volume 19, Issue 5, October 2012, pages 668-681

Negative Effects of Paternal Age on Children’s Neurocognitive Outcomes Can Be Explained By Maternal Education and Number of Siblings” (joint with Ryan Edwards), PloS ONE 5(9): e12157. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012157, 2010

Welfare, Child Support, and Strategic Behavior: Do High Orders and Low Disregards Discourage Child Support Awards?”, Journal of Human Resources, Volume 45, Winter 2010, pages 59-86


Associate Professor, Public Health, CUNY School of Public Health
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002
Research Fields: reproductive health policy; social policy; poverty and maternal and child health

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Dr. Romero’s research examines the role of public programs on health, fertility decision-making, and reproductive outcomes, among low-income adults, an in particularly among Latino women. Currently, with funding from the NIH she using mixed methods to study Fertility & Disadvantage Among Low-Income Adults and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she is undertaking a multifactorial examination of the Fragile Families Dataset to study Health, Hardship, and Race/Ethnicity in Vulnerable Families.


Research Scientist
Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, 1992
Research Fields: Antecedents and consequences of teen birth; maternal morbidity and mortality; gestational weight gain

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Dr. Sackoff is an epidemiologist with more than 20 years of experience in public health. She has a PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University with a concentration in reproductive health. She is presently an independent consultant. Until 2014, she was Director of Research and Evaluation for the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her research has focused on infant mortality, maternal morbidity and mortality, preterm birth, gestational weight gain and teen pregnancy. She is currently co-investigator on a study of the impact of teen birth on educational outcomes using a dataset matching teen births in NYC to Department of Education data. Previously she was Director of HIV/AIDS Surveillance for the City of New York.


Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1995
Research Fields: contemporary migration; U.S. Latinos

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Robert Courtney Smith is a Professor of Sociology, Immigration Studies and Public Affairs at the School of Public Affairs, and in the Sociology Department, Graduate Center, CUNY. His first book, Mexican New York: Transnational Worlds of New Immigrants (2006, University of California Press), won the American Sociological Association’s 2008 overall Distinguished Book Award, and three other sectional prizes (for immigration; community and urban sociology; and Latino/a sociology) and a Presidential prize from CUNY. This book drew on 18 years of ethnographic research, working extensively with undocumented people. His second book, Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn, But Check His Papers (California, forthcoming) examines the puzzle of why most Mexicans in New York are at least modestly upwardly mobile, but also shows how having, gaining or lacking legal status disrupts this otherwise positive integration. He is at work on a third book (with Andy Beveridge) This Is Still America! Contested Political Integration in Port Chester, based on work as an expert on a voting rights trial for the US Department of Justice in US. v Village of Port Chester, which resulted in the first ever cumulative voting scheme in New York. A fourth book (with the Seguro Popular Research Team), How We Should Communicate with Immigrants: Lessons from the Seguro Popular Project is under review at California. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the SSRC, the Spencer Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and others.

Prof. Smith has combined public and intellectual work. He is the founding Lead Faculty for the School of Public Affairs Mexican Consulate Leadership Program (since 2007). He is also a cofounder and now Board Chair of Masa (masany.org), a fifteen year old nonprofit in New York promoting educational achievement and committed leadership with Mexican immigrants and their children. He was named 2008 Youth Advocate of the Year by Association Tepeyac (then the largest Mexican oriented nonprofit in New York) and was cited with Masa and Executive Director Aracelis Lucero by the City Council in 2014 for Masa’s work in the Mexican community. Smith is the Coordinator and Lead on the DACA Access Project/Mexican Initiative on Deferred Action, a $1.25 million service and academic project that will legalize at least 500 new people via DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and screen for other forms of relief, such as U visas, and for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of US citizen children. It also seeks to establish a ten year project studying the long term effects of having, gaining or lacking legal status.

Selected Publications:

Under contract. Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn, But Check His Papers: Mexican Americans Coming of Age in New York. Univ. of California Press. Draws on 15 years of ethnography; follows over 100 immigrant youth moving through adolescence into early adulthood. Editor, Naomi Schneider.

Smith, Robert Courtney. Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants. University of California Press

WINNER of the 2006 W.I. Thomas and Florian Zaniecki Award of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association for best book on migration

What’s A Life Worth? Ethnographic Counterfactual Analysis, Undocumented Status and Sociological Autopsy in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit. Accepted, forthcoming, Ethnography


Associate Professor, Sociology, Queens College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
Research Fields: cognitive development, fertility change, big data, causal inference, Bayesian statistics, evolutionary theory

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Dr. Song specializes in employing natural experiments to solve practical causal inferential problems in social demographic research. He is particularly interested in understanding the evolutionary origins of human behaviors. He has studied the demographic impact of social conditions, cultural beliefs, malnutrition and stress, and policy changes in the past. His most recent work experiments with “big data” to address existing social demographic questions on one hand and to ask new ones on the other.

Selected Publications:

2016 Song, Shige, and Lu Zheng. “The Impact of Sent-Down Movement on Chinese Women’s Age at First Marriage.” Demographic Research 34(28):797-826

2015 Song, Shige. “Privation, Stress, and Human Sex Ratio at Birth.” Early Human Development 91(12):823-827

2014 Song, Shige. “Evidence of Adaptive Intergenerational Sex Ratio Adjustment in Contemporary Human Populations.” Theoretical Population Biology 92:14-21


Assistant Professor, Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013
Research Fields: Social policy preferences, preferences for redistribution, stratification, inequality, migration

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Dr. Steele does research at the nexus of Sociology and Political Science, focusing on attitudes towards income inequality, immigrants, and social welfare policies (“social policy preferences” or “preferences for redistribution”), and is a co-founder of the Social Policy Preferences Network. Her work on policy preferences is divided into two lines of research: (1) diversity and migration, and (2) wealth, elites, and social mobility. More generally, her research focuses on how social stratification and economic inequality affect the development of beliefs, attitudes, and values through the lens of cross-national comparison. Her previous research includes in-depth studies of Brazil and China. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research, and has a working knowledge of French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Her research has been published in journals such as Social Forces, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Indicators Research. She received her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University.

Selected Publications:

Steele, Liza G. and Lamis Abdelaaty. 2018. “Ethnic Diversity and Attitudes towards Refugees in Europe.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Steele, Liza G. and Krystal M. Perkins. 2018. “The Effects of Perceived Neighborhood Diversity on Preferences for Redistribution: A Pilot Study.Societies. 8(3).


Associate Professor, Economics, College of Staten Island
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Research Fields: immigration; historical demography

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Dr. Wegge’s research focuses on the economic and demographic history of 19th century European migration. In particular, Dr. Wegge’s research focuses on who emigrated, why they may have left, and what sorts of communities they left to sort out issues around the “selection effect” of migrants’ success in their destination locality. Her work focuses on the German principality of Hesse-Cassel and links emigration data with economic data from the migrants’ village. Dr. Wegge also studies child labor in the 19th century and the role of inheritance institutions in economic and urban development.


Professor, Sociology, Lehman College
Ph.D., Brown University, 1997
Research Fields: quantitative reasoning; healthcare and disability; racial, ethnic and religious inequality and identification

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Dr. Wilder’s current research focuses on the sociology of disability, risky health behaviors, inequality and health outcomes, and quantitative literacy in sociology programs. I am especially interested in understanding the ways in which physical and social factors influence health and well-being. She has also investigated economic factors in scholarly publishing, access to the scholarly literature of demography and gerontology, ethnic differences in family planning use in Israel, the economic status of Jews, and Jewish identity in the United States.

Selected Publications:

Wilder, Esther Isabelle. 2006. Wheeling and Dealing: Living with Spinal Cord Injury. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. 368 pp. (Awarded the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best work in medicine by VUP faculty editorial committee.) Kindle Edition published October, 2011

Wang, Frank and Esther Isabelle Wilder. 2015. “Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education, 1: Teaching Faculty How to Improve Students’ Quantitative Reasoning Skills through Cognitive Illusions.” Numeracy 8(2): Article 6

Wilder, Esther Isabelle. 2014. “Defining and Measuring the Socioeconomic Status of Jews.” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 27: 109-132


Associate Professor, Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2008
Research Fields: disability; aging

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Dr. Yin’s research focuses on Social Security aging and disability policies as well as disability measurement across countries. She has investigated effects of the Social Security programs, Medicare, and Medicaid programs on individuals’ labor supply decisions, health, and well-being. Applying anchoring vignette approach, she has studied how to correct for reporting scale heterogeneity in self-reported disability measures. With funding support from the Social Security Administration through Boston College Center for Retirement Research, she has developed a calibrated life-cycle structural model, simulated individuals’ behavioral responses to a series of disability policy reforms and provided assessments of fiscal impact of the reforms. Her collaborative research is funded by the Social Security Administration through Michigan Retirement Research Center, which studies how mortality risk variations across cohorts affect the actuarial fairness of the Social Security system. Dr. Yin serves as a Faculty Associate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR). She teaches courses in the economic analysis of public policy, economic demography, demography of aging, and research methods.

Selected Publications:

Frank Heiland and Na Yin (2015). “Anchoring Vignettes in the Health and Retirement Study: How Medical Professionals and Disability Recipients Characterize the Severity of Work Limitations?PLoS ONE. 10(5): e0126218. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126218

Na Yin (2015). “Sicker and Poorer: The Consequences of Being Uninsured for People with Disability during the Medicare Waiting Period.” Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology. Vol. 2, 1-10. DOI:10.1177/2333392815571583

Na Yin (2013). “Partial Benefits in the Social Security Disability Insurance Program.” Journal of Risk and Insurance. 82(2): 463-504. DOI: 10.1111/jori.12028

* Member of CIDR Executive Committee