Dedicated to Research, Training, and Service in Demography

The central training goals of the Center for Family and Demographic Research (CDFR) are to teach students demographic methods and perspectives as well as emphasize the benefits of integrating disciplinary approaches in the analysis of social change and social problems. The Department of Sociology offers concentrations in population studies and applied demography as well as numerous undergraduate-level demography courses. The Center also places a strong emphasis on training and mentoring of affiliates, particularly junior faculty members, through faculty development awards, workshops, and working groups.

The CFDR's service function is to provide information and data services to its faculty affiliates, as well as the broader research and policy community, in order to help address pressing social problems. We are an Ohio State Data Center Affiliate and provide census data, assistance in use of the census, and local reports of population (Ohio Population News). CFDR affiliates are also engaged in major scientific leadership roles at local, regional, and national levels.

The Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University has core funding from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (P2CHD050959).


  • Susan L. Brown, Director 
        239 Williams Hall 419-372-9521
  • Wendy Manning, Development Core Co-Director
        233 Williams Hall 419-372-2850
  • Libby Allen-Dachik, Grants Coordinator
        5B Williams Hall 419-372-7279
  • Jaden Loo, Research Assistant
       5H Williams Hall
  • Hsueh-Sheng Wu, Social Science Data Analyst
        5D Williams Hall 419-372-3119

Executive Committee:

  • Kelly Balistreri, Sociology
  • John Boman, Sociology
  • Susan Brown, Sociology
  • Elizabeth Olson, Human Development & Family Studies
  • Adam Watkins, Criminal Justice Program


  • Colleen Boff - Library Liaison, University Libraries
  • Linda Brown - Library Liaison, University Libraries
  • Mark Fox - Office of Sponsored Programs & Research
  • Emily Feasel - Grants Accounting
  • Erik Evans - Network Consultant, ITS

Updated: 08/16/2023 09:46AM