Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Lecture "The U.S. Census Population Division's International Program Center: Career Opportunities for Area Studies Students" by Dr. Victoria Velkoff & Dr. Enrique Lamas

Thu, September 10, 2009 | Chicano Culture Room, Texas Union 4.206

12:00 PM - 1:00 AM

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies presents:

The U.S. Census Population Division’s 

International Program Center: 

Career Opportunities for Area Studies Students

Dr. Victoria Velkoff & Dr. Enrique Lamas

U.S. Census Bureau

Thursday, September 10

12:00 - 1:00

Chicano Culture Room, Texas Union 4.206

Dr. Victoria Velkoff

Victoria (Tori) Velkoff is the Assistant Division Chief of the Estimates and Projections Area in the Census Bureau’s Population Division. Her area produces and disseminates population estimates for the nation, states, and counties of the United States on an annual basis. Her area also produces population projections for the United States. 

Prior to her current job, Tori was the chief of the Aging Studies Branch in the International Programs Center at the Census Bureau. In that job, her research focused broadly on the impact of aging populations worldwide, gender issues, and collection, analysis, and dissemination of demographic data. Tori developed and worked on implementing sample vital registration systems that utilize verbal autopsies in selected sub-Saharan African countries in order to obtain data on adult mortality by cause. 

Tori has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University. She has a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. In 2004, Tori received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for her work on sample vital registration in developing countries.

Dr. Enrique Lamas

Enrique Lamas is the Director of the Population Division at the US Census Bureau. The Population Division produces and analyzes information on the population of the United States and countries around the world, and their demographic, geographic, and other characteristics. The division oversees the planning, collection, processing, and distribution of population data obtained from censuses, surveys, and administrative records. 

Enrique started his career at the Census Bureau in 1980 and has worked in several analytical areas on research projects and reports, including such topics as income distributions, poverty measurement, wealth holdings, and disability statistics from the Current Population Survey, the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the decennial census. In his work at the Census Bureau he has also been responsible for survey operations for several household surveys covering various topics including income, employment, housing, consumer expenditures, education, and other socio-economic data collection efforts.

Dr. Lamas has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University.


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