Increasingly demography or demographics has become recognized as a powerful tool in the arenas of social, business, and government problem-solving and decision-making. BGSU is unique because it provides students not only the technical expertise but also the theoretical tools they will need to make sense of and interpret demographic data and trends. BGSU offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with demography specializations. In addition, undergraduate sociology majors can earn a concentration in population studies.

The Center also places a strong emphasis on training and mentoring of affiliates, particularly junior faculty members. The faculty research development awards are a formal mechanism that we use to structure mentoring. Faculty training funds help faculty integrate new methods, data, software, and analytic techniques into their research. The Center additionally provides a number of workshops throughout the year on grant-writing, statistical packages, advanced methods, and specific data sets.

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America

Jennifer Cobbina, PhD
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
Wednesday, September 9, 12:30-1:30 pm

Sexual Orientation and Pregnancy: A New Approach for Understanding the Impacts of Social Stress on Maternal and Infant Health

Bethany G. Everett, PhD
Department of Sociology
University of Utah
Wednesday, October 7, 12:30-1:30 pm

Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving

Caitlyn Collins, PhD
Department of Sociology
Washington University in St. Louis
Wednesday, October 21, 12:30-1:30 pm

Family Structure, Risks, and Racial Inequality in Poverty: Towards a Racial Stratification Approach

Deadric T. Williams, PhD
Department of Sociology
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Wednesday, November 18, 12:30-1:30 pm

Speaker Series Archive

Declining Fertility in the U.S.: Interpretations, Predictions, and Implications

Thursday, September 21, 2020 from 12:00 - 4:30 pm ET, via Zoom

This symposium is designed for researchers, faculty and graduate students. There are no CEUs.

Guest Speakers:

"Is U.S. Fertility Now Below Replacement? Evidence from Period vs. Cohort Trends"
Lawrence L. Wu,, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology and
Director, NYU Population Center
New York University

"Demographic Drivers of the Post-Recessionary Fertility Decline and the Future of U.S. Fertility"
Alison Gemmill, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

"Fertility Change in the Two Americas"
Joshua R. Goldstein, PhD
Chancellor’s Professor of Demography
Department of Demography
University of California at Berkeley

The Analysis, Interpretation, and Presentation of Interaction Effects
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, September 14, 12:30-1:30 pm

Introduction to the Household Pulse Survey
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, October 5, 12:30-1:30 pm

Introduction to Latent Class Analysis
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, November 9, 12:30-1:30 pm

The annual BGSU/OSU Graduate Student Conference on Population is co-sponsored by the Institute for Population Research at The Ohio State University and the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University.

Friday, October 30, 2020
Hosted online by BGSU
10:00 am to 4:00 pm



Please see the announcement for eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.

The schedule will be announced in January, and registration for all courses will open in early February. Information about scholarships are here: scholarships. More information about the ICPSR Summer Program is at

Programs in the Population Sciences (PiPS) offers a central point where undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies or careers in the population sciences can find information and connect with others.