Center for Demography and Ecology

CDE is a multi-disciplinary faculty research cooperative for social scientific demographic research whose membership includes sociologists, rural sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians. CDE is one of the leading centers of social science research in the world, as indicated by the scholarly productivity of its faculty, the level of extramural funding secured by researchers, the production and distribution of high quality demographic data, and the quality of its graduate training program. The intellectual collegial environment of the Center makes it an exciting and stimulating place in which to conduct research.

Much of the research conducted by CDE faculty takes place within the four signature themes of health and mortality; families and households; the demography of inequality; and data and methodology. These themes have long been the core strengths of CDE research and the Center has trained many of the nation’s leading scholars in these areas.

CDE offers integrative methodological training through the courses, seminars, and informal workshops. An interdisciplinary training proseminar provides training in the skills of writing grant applications, making presentations, writing papers for publication, applying for academic and research jobs, responsible conduct of research, and other essential professional skills.

Pathways into Program

CDE students apply for admission to the UW-Madison Graduate school through an academic department. PhD and MA degrees are awarded through these departments. The Department of Sociology is the academic home of the majority of our graduate students. Students in the Departments of Statistics, Economics, and Population Health Sciences (UW School of Medicine and Public Health) are also affiliated with CDE.

There is a Predoctoral Training Program and a Postdoctoral Fellowship available.