As the first guest blogger, allow me to introduce myself. I am a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Washington. My area of focus is Demography, or more specifically defined, the statistical study of human population. In general, Demographers study issues related to fertility, mortality, migration and immigration. My specific area of focus for my dissertation research is educational inequalities, but I also spent a signficant amount of time studying fertility and contraceptive use in Indonesia and Southeast Asian Demography for a recent book chapter I co-wrote with my advisor.
As a student of Demography, naturally I get very excited when the results from the most recent US Census are published, or when an interesting situation in Japan leads to questions about life expectancy, or even a recent finding that Mexican-American births are overtaking immigration numbers for the first time in history.
I was particularly intrigued waking up to a…
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