Welcome to the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

CDE is a multi-disciplinary faculty research cooperative for social scientific demographic research whose membership includes sociologists, rural sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians. CDE is one of the leading centers of social science research in the world, as indicated by the scholarly productivity of its faculty, the level of extramural funding secured by researchers, the production and distribution of high quality demographic data, and the quality of its graduate training program. The intellectual collegial environment of the Center makes it an exciting and stimulating place in which to conduct research.

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Elizabeth Wrigley-Field was chosen to receive the Department of Sociology's Lumpkin Award for the best dissertation written by a student, under the supervision of Professor Felix Elwert. Elizabeth is now a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University. Congratulations Elizabeth!
Professor Christine Schwartz's work on educational assortative marriage was recently mentioned in The Washington Post. Describing the gender imbalance in the dating market, the article cites Schwartz's paper that shows the decline of educational intermarriage.| Link to article
Congratulations to CDE grad student Christina Diaz and Soc grad student Jeremy Fiel, who received the ASA Sociology of Population Section Student Paper award at the recent annual meeting, for their paper, "The Effect(s) of Teenage Pregnancy: Reconciling Theory, Methods, and Evidence." | Link
CDE receives funding via a Population Research Infrastructure grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (P2C HD047873). Our sister center CDHA receives Center Grant funding from the National Institute on Aging (P30 AG017266). See how to acknowledge this support.

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Recent Publications

Berger, L. M., and McLanahan, S. S. 2015. "Income, Relationship Quality, and Parenting: Associations with Child Development in Two-Parent Families." Journal of Marriage and Family 77(4) 112-126.

DeLamater, John and Erica Koepsel. 2015. "Relationships and sexual expression in later life: a biopsychosocial perspective." Sexual and Relationship Therapy 30(1): 37-59.

Dominque, D., Conley, D., Fletcher, J., & Boardman, JD. 2015. "Cohort effects in the genetic influence on smoking." Behavior Genetics July 30. 1-12.

Laxy M, Malecki KC, Givens ML, Walsh MC, Nieto FJ. 2015. "The Association between Neighborhood Economic Hardship, the Retail Food Environment, Fast Food Intake, and Obesity: Findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin." BMC Public Health , 15(1) 237.

Nobles, J., Frankenberg, E., & Thomas, D. 2015. "The effects of mortality on fertility: population dynamics after a natural disaster." Demography, 52(1), 15-38.