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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A new book that explores the intersection of genomics and social sciences was recently published by CDE Affiliate Jason Fletcher and co-author Dalton Conley. Titled "The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History and the Future" was published by Princeton University Press. Read more...
Research by CDE affiliate Claudia Persico was mentioned in a New York Times op-ed article on school integration. Read more...
A unique pilot project resulted in the development of a game-like mobile app to help farmers in Kenya manage their maize crop. CDE affiliate Emilia Tjernstrom and her colleague Travis Lybbert received a Global Center for Food Systems Innovations grant to develop Mahindi Master which is currently being tested in the field. Read more...
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

Addo, Fenaba. 2016. "Financial Integration and Relationship Transitions of Young Adult Cohabiters." Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 1-16.


Conley, D., Laidley, T., Belsky, D. W., Fletcher, J. M., Boardman, J. D., & Domingue, B. W. (2016). Assortative mating and differential fertility by phenotype and genotype across the 20th century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201523592. PMCID: PMC4914190.


DeWaard, J., Curtis, K. J., & Fussell, E. (2016). Population recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: exploring the potential role of stage migration in migration systems. Population and Environment, 37(4), 449-463. PMCID: PMC492146.


Herd P, Higgins J, Sicinski K, Merkurieva I. The Implications of Unintended Pregnancies for Mental Health in Later Life. Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar;106(3):421-9.PMCID: PMC4815713.


Wodtke GT, Elwert F, Harding DJ. Neighborhood Effect Heterogeneity by Family Income and Developmental Period. AJS. 2016 121(4):1168-1222. PMCID: PMC4820764.