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Working Groups

Research working groups have historically been a great way to promote interdisciplinary collaborations among PRC faculty, postdocs, and students. They are led by one or two faculty members and meet on a regular basis to discuss papers in progress, brainstorm about new projects, provide feedback on invited talks, etc.

Family Demography and Intergenerational Relationships (“FamDem”)

FAMDEM (Family Analysts Meeting to Discuss Emerging Manuscripts), originated in Fall 2008, is a friendly, informal group for students, faculty, and postdocs to present early results from (and get feedback on) their research on Family Demography.

Lead: Kelly Raley

Meets: Every other Wednesday

Email to join: Kelly.raley@austin.utexas.edu

Inequality Working Group

This group is aimed to build an intellectual community around the causes, processes, and consequences of economic and labor market inequalities. They welcome ideas and projects with more traditional methods but also projects with data, techniques, or methods that are distinctively innovative.

Lead: Ken-Hou Lin

Meets: Every other week

Email to join: lin@austin.utexas.edu

Education and Health Disparities in Adulthood

This group is aimed at promoting research on the topic of education and health disparities in adulthood by hosting activities like paper or proposal reviewing, a study group on a particular topic, and occasionally a guest speaker.

Leads: Mark Hayward and Chandra Muller

Meets: Paused for the fall 2021 semester

Email to join: mhayward@prc.utexas.edu ; cmuller@austin.utexas.edu; and cc ejohnson@prc.utexas.edu

Reproductive Health and Childbearing

This group is aimed at promoting research on the topic of childbearing and reproductive health globally by hosting discussions on informal (at the preliminary analysis stage) and formal (at conference or pre-review stages) papers or proposals, and occasional guest speakers. 

Leads: Letícia Marteleto and Kari White

Meets: Every other Thursday

Email to join: Marteleto@prc.utexas.edu ; kariwhite@utexas.edu; and cc karlosramos100@utexas.edu

Crime, Law, and Deviance Group

The Crime, Law and Deviance workgroup (CLD) meets to foster community and provide intellectual engagement among students and faculty interested in the topics of crime, law, and deviance. During meetings, we collectively provide comprehensive feedback on various in-house projects, papers, and grant applications, and periodically invite guest speakers from other departments or universities to present in-progress or recently published works.

Leads: Sarah BrayneFaith Deckard and Chloe Craig

Meets: Every other Tuesday

Email to join: sbrayne@utexas.edu

Biosocial Approaches to Understanding Health Inequities

This workgroup focuses on biosocial approaches to the study of human health across multiple levels analyses - from individual, interpersonal, and population - to understand and document inequitable conditions shaping health. Our group explores health disparities and inequities across a number of social categories including along social categories of race/ethnicity, gender, nativity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and social class/status, and an array of intersectional statuses. 

Leads: Lauren Gaydosh and Bridget Goosby

Meets: 1-2 times per month

To join: Please fill out this form


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