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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Congratulations to UW-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty, awarded a five-year, $9.5 million award to serve as the National Poverty Research Center! Read more...
The UW-Madison Survey Center, directed by CDE affiliate and Professor of Sociology Nora Cate Schaeffer, was recently featured in an article that demonstrates how asking questions is not as simple as it might seem. Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and Sociology Department alumnus (PhD 2010), turned to the UW Survey Center for help to collect data on evictions in the city of Milwaukee. Read more...
CDE affiliates Deb Ehrenthal , Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Bill Buckingham, health demographer at the Applied Population Lab, are featured in an article on disparities in Wisconsin infant mortality rates. 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.