Arizona State University

Center for Population Dynamics at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

The ASU Center for Population Dynamics (CePoD) is a transdisciplinary research center drawing scholars who are interested in broad aspects of population research. The Center is located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, a vibrant, rapidly growing urban community of the American Southwest. ASU pursues novel avenues of population research in local, regional, national and international settings.The CePoD affiliates represent a broad range of disciplines and professional backgrounds, conceptual and methodological approaches, and geographic foci. CePoD promotes scholarly collaborative research and training in demography at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Center brings together faculty and students from diverse academic backgrounds including Sociology, Family and Human Development, and Geography.

The Center’s two signature themes—migration and immigration and population health—reflect the historically shaped interests and strengths of most CePoD affiliated faculty as well as the recognized strengths of other ASU units. The specific contours of these themes are continuously redefined to accommodate diverse interests of faculty members in various units on ASU’s four campuses and to absorb novel, multi- and interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological perspectives that these faculty members bring to population-focused research. Among a number of innovative cross-cutting approaches to population dynamics that CePoD promotes, two are of particular import—the environmental perspective and the social network perspective. In prioritizing the environment and social networks, CePoD seeks to best leverage the unique expertise that ASU units and researchers across the University have established in both fields.

The Center is dedicated to providing faculty and students with research support in a collegial and collaborative intellectual environment. CePoD projects have been supported with funds from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.


CePoD is a part of the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics which is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children, youth, and families through innovative inter-disciplinary research, instructional excellence, and active community involvement. The school's faculty represent a body of science, instruction, and service that strives to transcend traditional boundaries and approaches to understanding the interfaces of human development, family life, and the broader social context.The T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics is designed to be a center for organizing and supporting bold and innovative thinking that encourages scholars and students to think in novel and visionary ways. As such, the school is viewed as an academic unit that is defined by its enabling and facilitative capacities rather than by disciplinary or content-driven boundaries.

Pathways into Program

Students seeking demographic training at ASU are first admitted to an academic department within the University. Students may then elect to become involved in CePoD related research projects and participate in ongoing training opportunities.

As CePoD is a part of the School of Social and Family Dynamics, prospective students may wish to consider applying to one of the school's M. A., M. S., M. A. S., or Ph. D. programs. More information on these programs can be found here.

Contact Information:
Jennifer E. Glick, Director, Center for Population Dynamics
Box 3701
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-3701
(480) 965-9209

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