What Is OPR?

The Office of Population Research, founded in 1936, is the demographic research and graduate training center at Princeton University. It offers a Ph.D. in demography as well as doctoral training in demography through other departments such as Economics, Sociology, and Politics. The Office also trains visitors from developing and developed countries and Master's students in public policy, typically through a one-year certificate program.

Research Interests

OPR faculty associates have broad interests that extend far beyond conventional topics in population analysis. For example, areas of current research among OPR faculty include poverty and child wellbeing, the biological and socioeconomic correlates of aging and health, population and the environment, reproductive health and technology, family structure, and migration and development. Teaching and research specializations are focused on both industrialized countries (primarily the U.S.) and developing nations.

Related Centers

The extensive breadth of research is facilitated by OPR's links with several other research organizations. The OPR is home to the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW), and it is closely affiliated with the Center for Health and Wellbeing ( CHW ) and the Center for Migration and Development ( CMD ).

Other Resources

A weekly lecture series, the Notestein Seminars, includes presentations by distinguished outside speakers and by staff and students.

All graduate students at OPR, regardless of their home department, reside in one of five spacious offices in Wallace Hall and receive state-of-the-art computing equipment, statistical and technical support from the staff, and generous financial support for professional meetings and workshops.

OPR students benefit from a very high faculty-to-student ratio that is conducive to one-on-one mentoring and provides the opportunity for students to collaborate on research projects and publish at an early stage of their careers.

Wallace Hall

The OPR has excellent resources available to its students. Wallace Hall, a facility dedicated to the social sciences, is home to OPR, the Department of Sociology, numerous programs of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the research centers ( CRCW, CHW, and CMD ).

Wallace Hall is also situated in direct proximity (click here for clickable campus map) to Robertson Hall (Woodrow Wilson School), Fisher Hall (Economics), and Corwin Hall (Politics), which facilitates easy interdepartmental collaborations.

The Coale Collection

Wallace Hall also houses the combined public affairs and demography collections of the Donald E. Stokes Library. The Ansley J. Coale Population Research Collection has extensive holdings of books, periodicals, reprints, and other documentation, including censuses of all countries in the world and public data collections, and skilled librarians to assist in research.