From the Director

Douglas S. Massey, Director

During 2015 the Office of Population Research celebrated its 79th year as a population center. Located in the Woodrow Wilson School, in that year it included some 30 faculty research associates, seven postdoctoral fellows, three visiting scholars, and 33 doctoral students supported by a professional staff of seven. During the calendar of 2015, OPR relied upon the services of two directors. During the Spring of 2015 Douglas Massey continued his service as OPR Director but during the first semester of his 2015-2016 leave he was replaced by Noreen Goldman as Acting OPR Director.

As fate would have it, in that academic year OPR was hit by a tsunami of sabbaticals, and joining Doug Massey on leave that year was Marta Tienda, Betsy Armstrong, and Tod Hamilton. In their absence, Alicia Adsera nobly stepped up to take Marta’s place as DGS for Population and German Rodriguez ably assumed the duties of teaching POP 502, the annual course in demographic methods. As always, order in the center was maintained through the superb administrative talents of Associate Director Nancy Cannuli while Lynne Johnson provided support to the graduate program.

Despite the scarcity of on-campus faculty, the graduate program continued training new demographers, producing no fewer than nine Ph.D.’s in 2015. Upon graduation, Kristin Bietsch went on to become a Research Associate of the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, Dc; Diane Coffey became Executive Director of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics and continued her work in India; Takudwa Sayi accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at in the Department of Community and Family Health at the USF College of Public Health in Tampa; Elizabeth Sully joined New York’s Guttmacher Institute as a Senior Research Scientist; Edward Berchick assumed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University; Lauren Gaydosh became a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center in Chapel Hill; Dennis Feehan was appointed Assistant Professor Demography at Berkeley; Megan Todd was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Columbia University’s Robert N. Butler Aging Center; and Laura Nolan joined her as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia’s Population Research Center.

One of the most gratifying things about being OPR Director is seeing our graduates’ remarkable record of success in beginning their professional careers as demographers in the field’s leading institutions. I know the entire faculty joins me in wishing them continued good fortune as their careers progress.

Douglas Massey, Director

Office of Population Research Princeton University
Henry G. Bryant Professor Sociology and Public Affairs