About the PRC

The Population Research Center (PRC) aims to provide outstanding infrastructure resources and sustain a dynamic interdisciplinary culture geared toward facilitating the highest level of population-related research among its faculty members and graduate and undergraduate trainees. The PRC supports research that moves well beyond the bounds of traditional demography to the cutting edge of population research. 

To advance our research agenda, we provide PRC faculty research associates and affiliates with state-of-the-art administrative and scientific and technical services as well as a dedicated development team. Further, we support researchers with active collaborators and mentors within the PRC, a Brownbag Speaker Series to extend their research interests, and dedicated space to conduct their research and training activities.

Underlying the work of the PRC is a foundation that emphasizes:

  1. fundamental attention to issues of social and economic inequality, particularly by race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status;
  2. rigorous attention to, and application of, the most appropriate and advanced methodological techniques; and
  3. an orientation toward federal and major foundation grant funding and publication in top quality scientific journals.

Most of the research is concentrated in four overlapping and reinforcing thematic areas: Family Demography and Intergenerational RelationshipsEducation, Work, and InequalityPopulation Health; and Reproductive Health. Many PRC researchers work in more than one of these overlapping and reinforcing areas, and in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams.

The PRC also hosts various projects on special topics relevant to contemporary population studies.  

PRC Directors

Debra Umberson, Director

Kelly Raley, Associate Director and Scientific & Technical Core Director

Elizabeth Gershoff, Associate Director, Development Core Director, Postdoctoral Training Director

Shannon CavanaghGraduate Training Director

  •   Map
  • Population Research Center

    University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street / RLP 2.602
    Mail Stop G1800
    Austin, Texas 78712-1699