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Introduction: An Overview of Demography

  1. Caldwell, J. C. 1996. “Demography and Social Science” Population Studies 50: 309-316.

  2. Crimmins, Eileen M. 1993. “Demography: The Past 30 Years, the Present, and the Future.” Demography 30: 579-591.

  3. Duncan, G.J. 2008. “When to Promote, and When to Avoid, a Population Perspective.” Demography, 45 (4): 763-784.

  4. Greenhalgh, S. 1996. "The Social Construction of Population Science: An Intellectual, Institutional, and Political History of Twentieth Century Demography." Comparative Studies in Society and History, 38 (1): 26-66.

  5. Keyfitz, N. 1993. "Thirty Years of Demography and Demography." Demography 30: 533-549.

  6. McFalls, J. Jr, 2007. A Population: A Lively Introduction. Population Bulletin, Vol. 53, No.3 (Washington D.C.: Population Reference Bureau, Inc, March 2007)

  1. Micklin, Michael, and Dudley L. Poston. 2006. “Prologue; The Demographer’s Ken: 50 Years of Growth and Change.” Pp. 1-15 in The Handbook of Population, edited by D.L. Poston and M. Micklin. Springer.

  2. Population Reference Bureau’s World Population Data Sheet:

  3. Preston, Samuel H. 1993. “The Contours of Demography: Estimates and Projects.” Demography, 30:579-591.

  4. Xie, Yu. 2000. “Demography: past, present, and future.” Journal of the American Statistical Association, 95 (450): 670-673.

Theoretical Perspectives

  1. Carey, James, R., and James W. Vaupel. 2006. “Biodemography.” In The Handbook of Population, edited by D.L. Poston and M. Micklin. Springer.

  2. Johnson-Hanks, J. 2006. “What Kind of Theory for Anthropological Demography?” Demographic Research 16(1): 1-26.

  3. Kirk, D. 1996."The Demographic Transition" Population Studies 50: 361-388.

  4. Link, Bruce G. 2008. “Epidemiological Sociology and the Shaping of Population Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 49(4): 367-384.

  5. Weeks, John R. 2008. “Demographic Perspectives.” Pp. 66-106 in Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, 10th Edition. Wadsworth. Chapter 3

Basic Demographic Data and Techniques

  1. Bhrolcháin, Máire Ní and Tim Dyson. 2007. "On Causation in Demography: Issues and Illustrations." Population and Development Review 33:1-36.

  2. Bryan, Thomas. 2004. “Basic Sources of Statistics.” Pp. 9-39 in The Methods and Materials of Demography, 2nd Edition, edited by J.S Siegel and D.A. Swanson. Elsevier.

  3. McDade, Thomas W., Sharon Williams, and J. Josh Snodgrass. 2007. “Integrating Biomarkers into Population-Based Research.” Demography 44(4): 899-926.

  4. Moffitt R 2005. “Remarks on the analysis of causal relationships in population research.” Demography 42 (1): 91-108

  5. Smith, Herbert and Phillips Cutright. 1988. “Thinking about Change in Illegitimacy Ratios: United States, 1963-1983. Demography, 25(2): 235-247.

  6. Newell, Colin. 1988. Methods and Models of Demography, Chapters 2, 4, and 5.

  7. Palmore, James A. and Robert W. Gardner. 1996. Measuring Fertility, Mortality, and Natural Increase. Honolulu: East-West Center, pp. 1-34. (Through standardization).

  8. Weeks, John R. 2008. “Demographic Data.” Pp. 108-145 in Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, 10th edition. Wadsworth. Chapter 4


Fertility Transitions

  1. Axinn, William G. and Jennifer S. Barber. 2001. "Mass Education and Fertility Transition." American Sociological Review 66:481-505.

  2. Bongaarts, John. 2003. "Completing the Fertility Transition in the Developing World: The Role of Educational Differences and Fertility Preferences." Population Studies 57:321-335.

  3. Bongaarts, John. 2006. "The Causes of Stalling Fertility Transitions." Studies in Family Planning 37:1-16.

  4. Caldwell JC, Schindlmayr T. 2003. “Explanations of the fertility crisis in modern societies: A search for commonalities.” Population Studies 57 (3): 241-263.

  5. Cleland, John and Christopher Wilson. 1987. "Demand Theories of the Fertility Transition: an Iconoclastic View." Population Studies 41:5-30.

  6. Lesthaeghe, Ron. 1995. “ The Second Demographic Transition in Western Countries: An Interpretation,” In: Gender and Family Change in Industrialized Countries, edited by Karen O. Mason and An-Magritt Jensen. 17-62 pp. Clarendon Press: Oxford, England.

  7. Mason, Karen Oppenheim. 1997. "Explaining Fertility Transitions." Demography 34:443-454.

  8. Potter, Joseph E., Carl P. Schmertmann, and Suzana M. Cavenaghi. 2002. "Fertility and Development: Evidence from Brazil." Demography 39:739-761.

Trends and Group Differences in Fertility

  1. Geronimus, Arline T. 1987. “On Teenage Childbearing and Neonatal Mortality in the United States.” Population and Development Review 13(2): 245-279.

  2. Marteleto, Letícia J. and Molly Dondero. 2013. “Maternal Age at First Birth and Adolescent Education in Brazil.” Demographic Research 28:793-820.

  3. Marteleto, Letícia J. and Laetícia R. de Souza. 2012. “The Impact of Family Size on Children’s Educational Attainment over Time: Assessing the Exogenous Variation in Fertility using Twins in Brazil.” Demography 49(4): 1453-1477.

  4. Martinez, G., Daniels, K., and Chandra, A. (2012). Fertility of Men and Women Aged 15-44 Years in the United States: National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Division of Vital Statistics.

  5. Morgan, S.P. 1996. “Characteristic Features of Modern American Fertility.” Population and Development Review 22: 19-63.

  6. Lesthaeghe, R. and Neidert. 2006. “The Second Demographic Transition in the United States: Exception or Textbook Example?” Population and Development Review 32(4): 485-510.

  7. Kelly, Musick, England Paula, Edgington Sarah, and Kangas Nicole. 2009. "Education Differences in Intended and Unintended Fertility." Social Forces 88:543-572.

  8. Wu, Lawrence L. 2008. "Cohort Estimates of Nonmarital Fertility for U.S. Women." Demography 45:193-207.

Measures of Fertility

  1. Bledsoe, Caroline, Fatoumatta Banja, and Allan G. Hill. 1998. "Reproductive Mishaps and Western Contraception: An African Challenge to Fertility Theory." Population and Development Review 24:15-57.

  2. Santelli J, Lindberg L, Orr M, Finer L, Speizer I. 2009. Toward a Multidimensional Measure of Pregnancy Intentions: Evidence from the United States. Studies in Family Planning 40 : 87–100.

  3. Schmertmann, C. P., Assunção, R. M., and Potter, J. E. 2010. Knox meets Cox: Adapting epidemiological space-time statistics to demographic studies. Demography 47(3): 629-650.

Contraception and Low Fertility

  1. Billari, Francesco C. and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2004. “Patterns of Low and Lowest-low Fertility in Europe.” Population Studies 58(2): 161-176.

  2. Casterline, J.B.and S.W. Sinding. 2000. "Unmet need for family planning in developing countries and implications for population policy." Population and Development Review 26(4):691-+.

  3. Marteleto, Letícia J., David Lam and Vimal Ranchhod. 2008. “Sexual Behavior, Childbearing and Schooling in Urban South Africa.” Studies in Family Planning 39(4): 351-368.

  4. McDonald, Peter. 2006. "Low Fertility and the State: The Efficacy of Policy." Population and Development Review 32:485-510.

  5. Morgan, S. Philip. 2003. "Is Low Fertility a Twenty-First-Century Demographic Crisis?" Demography 40:589-603.

  6. Tsui, Amy Ong. 2001. "Population Policies, Family Planning Programs, and Fertility: The Record." Population and Development Review 27:184-204.



  1. Arias, E. 2012. “United States life Tables, 2008.” National Vital Statistics Reports 61(3): 1-64.

  2. Preston, S. H. (1996). "Population Studies of Mortality." Population Studies 50(3): 525-536.

Epidemiological Transition

  1. Bongaarts, J. 2006. “How Long will We Live?” Population and Development Review 32: 605-628.

  2. Colgrove J. (2002). The McKeown thesis: A historical controversy and its enduring influence. American Journal of Public Health 92 (5): 725-729.

  3. Cutler D., and G. Miller. (2005). The role of public health improvements in health advances: The twentieth-century United States Demography 42 (1): 1-22.

  4. Heuveline, P. et al. (2002). “The uneven tides of the health transition Social.” Science and Medicine, pp. 313-322.

  5. Kuhn, Randall. 2010. “Routes to Low Mortality in Poor Countries Revisited.” Population and Development Review 36(40); 655-692.

  6. Link, B.G., and J.C. Phelan. 2002. “McKeown and the Idea That Social Conditions Are Fundamental Causes of Disease.” American Journal of Public Health 92(5): 730-734.

  7. Martin, L. G. et al (2010). “Trends in Health of Older Adults in the United States: Past, Present, Future.” Demography 47: S17-S40.

  8. Olshansky, J., and Brian Ault. 1986. “The Fourth Stage of the Epidemiologic Transition: the Age of Degenerative Diseases.” The Milbank Quarterly 64(3): 355-391.

  9. Omran, A. 1971. “The Epidemiologic Transition: A Theory of the Epidemiology of Population Change.” Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly 49(4): 509-538.

  10. Szreter, S. 2002. “Rethinking McKeown: The Relationship Between Public Health and Social Change.” American Journal of Public Health 92(5): 722-725.

Infant Mortality

  1. Finch, B.K. 2003. “Early Origins of the Gradient: The Relationship between Socioeconomic Status and Infant Mortality in the United States.” Demography 40(4): 675-699.

  2. Frisbie, W. Parker. 2006. “Infant Mortality.” Pp. 251-282 in Handbook of Population, edited by D.L. Poston and M. Micklin. Springer.

  3. Geronimus, Arline T. 1992. “The Weathering Hypothesis and the Health of African American Women and Infants: Evidence and Speculations.” Ethnicity and Disease 2: 210-224.

  4. Gortmaker, Stephen L. and Paul H. Wise. (1997). “The First Injustice: Socioeconomic Disparities, Health Services Technology, and Infant Mortality.” Annual Review of Sociology 23: 147-170.

  5. Hamilton, E. R., Villareal, A. and R. A. Hummer. 2009. “Mother's, Household, and Community US Migration Experience and Infant Mortality in Rural and Urban Mexico” Population research and policy review 28:123 -142.

  6. Hummer, Robert A., Daniel A. Powers, Starling G. Pullum, Ginger L. Gossman, and W. Parker Frisbie. 2007. "Paradox Found (Again): Infant Mortality Among the Mexican-Origin Population in the United States." Demography 44:44-457.

  7. Landale NS, Oropesa RS, Gorman BK 2000. “Migration and infant death: Assimilation or selective migration among Puerto Ricans?” American Sociological Review. 65 (6): 888-909.

  8. Pampel, Fred C., Jr. and Vijayan Pillai. (1986). “Patterns and Determinants of Infant Mortality in Developed Nations, 1950-1975.” Demography. 23 (Nov.): 525-42.

Adult Mortality and Differentials

  1. Case, A., and C. Paxson. 2005. “Sex Differences in Morbidity and Mortality.” Demography 42(2): 189-214.

  2. Masters, R.K., R.A. Hummer, and D.A. Powers. 2012. “Educational Differences in U.S. Adult Mortality: A Cohort Perspective.” American Sociological Review 77(4): 548-572.

  3. Elo, I.T., and Preston, S.H. 1996. “Educational differentials in mortality: United States, 1979-85. Social Science & Medicine 42 (1): 47-57.

  4. Palloni A and Arias E. 2005. Paradox lost: Explaining the Hispanic adult mortality advantage. Demography 41 (3): 385-415.

  5. Rogers, Richard, Robert Hummer, and Patrick Krueger. 2006. “Adult Mortality.” Pp. 283-310 in Handbook of Population, edited by D.L. Poston and M. Micklin. Springer.

  6. Yang, Y. 2008. “Trends in U.S. Adult Chronic Disease Mortality, 1960-1999: Age, Period, and Cohort Variations.” Demography 45(2): 387-416.

Race, Gender, and Marital Status Differences in Mortality and Life Expectancy

  1. Akresh, Ilana Redstone, and Reanne Frank. 2008. "Health selection among new immigrants." American Journal of Public Health 98:2058.

  2. Antecol, Heather and Bedard, Kelly. 2006 Unhealthy Assimilation: Why Do Immigrants Converge to American Health Status Levels? Demography. 43 (2): 337-360.

  3. Cho, Youngtae, W. Parker Frisbie, Robert A. Hummer, and Richard G. Rogers. 2004. "Nativity, Duration of Residence, and the Health of Hispanic Adults in the United States." International Migration Review 38:184-211.

  4. Geronimus, A. T., J. Bound, et al. (2001). "Inequality in Life Expectancy, Functional Status, and Active Life Expectancy across Selected Black and White Populations in the United States." Demography 38(2): 227-251.

  5. Geronimus, A., et al. 2006. “Weathering and Age Patterns of Allostatic Load Scores among Blacks and Whites in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health 96(5): 826-833.

  6. Hayward, M. D., T. P. Miles, et al. (2000). "The Significance of Socioeconomic Status in Explaining the Racial Gap in Chronic Health Conditions." American Sociological Review 65(6): 910-930.

  7. Hayward, M.D., and B.K. Gorman. 2004. “The Long Arm of Childhood: The Influence of Early-Life Social Conditions on Men’s Mortality.” Demography 41(1): 87-107.

  8. Rogers, Richard G. et al. 2010. “ Social, Behavioral, and Biological Factors and Sex Differences in Mortality. “ Demography. 47: 555-578.

  9. Williams, Kristi and Debra Umberson. 2004. “Marital Status, Marital Transitions, and Health: A Gendered Life Course Perspective.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

  10. Umberson, D. et al. (2006). You make me sick: Marital quality and health over the life course. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 47: 1-16

Migration and Segregation

Overview of Migration

  1. Bean, Frank D., Rodolfo Corona, Rodolfo Tuiran, Karen A. Woodrow-Lafield, and Jennifer van Hook. 2001. "Circular, Invisible, and Ambiguous Migrants: Components of Difference in Estimates of the Number of Unauthorized Mexican Migrants in the United States." Demography 38:411-422.

  2. Brown, S.K., and F.D. Bean. 2006. “International Migration.” Chapter 12 (Pp. 347-382) in Handbook of Population, edited by D.L. Poston and M. Micklin. Springer.

  3. Feliciano, Cynthia. 2005. "Educational Selectivity in U.S. Immigration: How Do Immigrants Compare to Those Left behind?" Demography 42:131-152.

  4. Hagan, J.M. 1998. “Social Networks, Gender, and Immigrant Incorporation: Resources and Constraints.” American Sociological Review 63: 55-67.

  5. Massey, D.S. and K.E. Espinosa. 1997. “What’s Driving Mexico-U.S. Migration? A Theoretical, Empirical, and Policy Analysis.” American Journal of Sociology 102(4): 939-999.

  6. Zhou, Min. 1997. "Growing Up American: The Challenge Confronting Immigrant Children and Children of Immigrants." Annual Review of Sociology 23:63-95.

Causes and Theories of International Migration

  1. Curran, Sara R., Steven Shafer, Katharine M. Donato, and Filiz Garip. 2006. "Mapping Gender and Migration in Sociological Scholarship: Is It Segregation or Integration?" International Migration Review 40:199-223.

  2. Kandel, William and Douglas S. Massey. 2002. "The Culture of Mexican Migration: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis." Social Forces 80:981-1004.

  3. Lee, Everett S. 1966. "A Theory of Migration." Demography 3:47-57.

  4. Massey, Douglas S., Joaquin Arango, Graeme Hugo, Ali Kouaouci, Adela Pellegrino, and J. Edward Taylor. 1993. "Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisal." Population and Development Review 19:431-466.

  5. Portes, Alejandro. 1997. "Immigration Theory for a New Century: Some Problems and Opportunities." International Migration Review 31:799-825.

  6. Xie, Yu and Emily Greenman. 2011. "The social context of assimilation: Testing implications of segmented assimilation theory." Social Science Research 40:965-984.

Spatial Segregation

  1. Eichenlaub, Suzanne C., Stewart E. Tolnay, and J. Trent Alexander. 2010. "Moving Out but Not Up." American Sociological Review 75:101-125.

  2. Fossett, M. 2006. “Urban and Spatial Demography.” Chapter 16 (Pp. 479-524) in Handbook of Population, edited by D.L. Poston and M. Micklin. Springer.

  3. Iceland, John and Melissa Scopilliti. 2008. "Immigrant Residential Segregation in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1990-2000." Demography 45:79-94.

  4. Jargowsky, Paul A. 1996. "Take the Money and Run: Economic Segregation in U.S. Metropolitan Areas." American Sociological Review 61:984-998.

  5. Logan, John R., Brian J. Stults, and Reynolds Farley. 2004. "Segregation of Minorities in the Metropolis: Two Decades of Change." Demography 41:1-22.

  6. Massey, Douglas S. 1990. "American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass.” American Journal of Sociology 96(2):329-357.

  7. Sampson, Robert J. and Patrick Sharkey. 2008. "Neighborhood Selection and the Social Reproduction of Concentrated Racial Inequality." Demography 45:1-29.

  8. Sean, F. Reardon, A. Matthews Stephen, O’Sullivan David, A. Lee Barrett, Firebaugh Glenn, R. Farrell Chad, and Bischoff Kendra. 2008. "The Geographic Scale of Metropolitan Racial Segregation." Demography 45:489-514.

  9. South, Scott J., Kyle Crowder, and Erick Chavez. 2005. "Migration and Spatial Assimilation among U.S. Latinos: Classical versus Segmented Trajectories." Demography 42:497-521.

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