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.

The Influence of Dating Partners, Parents and Friends on Adolescents’ Alcohol Use

Dr. Monica Longmore
Department of Sociology
Bowling Green State University
Wednesday, February 12, 12:30-1:30 pm
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 207

The Importance of Interdisciplinary Collaborations: How Transportation of Family Members Affects Resident Mental Well-Being

Dr. Vivian J. Miller
Department of Human Services, Social Work
Bowling Green State University
Wednesday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 pm
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 207

Early Life Conditions and Cognitive Functioning in Later Life

Dr. Zhenmei Zhang
Department of Sociology
Michigan State University
Wednesday, March 4, 12:30-1:30 pm
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 207

Gender, Nighttime, and Time Use: Evidence from the American Time Use Survey

Dr. Natasha Quadlin
Department of Sociology
Ohio State University
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30-1:30 pm
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 207

A Decomposition of Trends in Multiracial Births in the United States: 1992-2016

Dr. Rhiannon A. Kroeger
Department of Sociology
Louisiana State University
Wednesday, April 29, 12:30-1:30 pm
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 207

Speaker Series Archive

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

Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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

Guest Speakers:

“Has U.S. Fertility Declined? 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

Workshop on Causal Inference
Instructor: Felix Elwert, University of Wisconsin-Madison
June 1 and 2, 1:00-5:00 pm each day
Online via WebEx
Registration is required. Please contact the CFDR ( to register.

Introduction to “Difference in Differences” Analysis
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, June 15, 12:30-1:30 pm

Introduction to Add Health Wave V Data
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, July 13, 12:30-1:30 pm

Propensity Score Analysis
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, August 17, 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, November 1st, 2019
The Ohio State University
038 Townshend Hall, 1885 Neil Avenue
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.