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.

A New Occupation-Based Socioeconomic Index with Percentile Ranks

Xi Song, PhD
Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, January 27, 12:30-1:30 pm

The Social Roots of High School Suicide Clusters

Seth Abrutyn, PhD
Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia
Wednesday, February 10, 12:30-1:30 pm

School Closures, Care Work, and Gender Differences in Employment During COVID-19

Zachary J. Parolin, PhD
Department of Social and Political Sciences
Bocconi University
Wednesday, March 3, 12:30-1:30 pm

Longer Lives, Later Births: Implications for Generational Overlap in Denmark and the U.S.

Marcia J. Carlson, PhD
Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peter Fallesen, PhD
ROCKWOOL Foundation and Stockholm University
Wednesday, March 10, 12:30-1:30 pm

Speaker Series Archive

COVID-19 and Families

Thursday, April 15 from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm ET, via Zoom

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

Guest Speakers:

"By Default: The Origins of Gendered Inequality in Pandemic Parenting Arrangements"
Jessica McCrory Calarco, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Indiana University

“School Reopening Plans and Parents' Employment During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Liana Christin Landivar, PhD

Sociologist, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
and Faculty Affiliate, Maryland Population Research Center

"Workplace Supports, Domestic Labor, and Labor Force Participation During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
Daniel L. Carlson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Consumer Studies
University of Utah

“Not Being Able to See Him or Hear His Voice Regularly Makes Him Feel Even Farther Away:” Barriers to Supporting Relationships among Families Impacted by Incarceration During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Breanna Boppre, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Wichita State University

Analyzing Data Collected with Complex Survey Design
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, June 28, 12:30-1:30 pm

Making Graphs and Tables Using Excel
Instructor: Dr. Krista Payne
Monday, July 26, 12:30-1:30 pm

Panel Study on Income Dynamics: The Child Development Supplement (CDS) and the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS)
Instructor: Hsueh-Sheng Wu
Monday, August 16, 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.