About MPC

The MPC is a University-wide research unit established by the Vice President for Research under "New Initiatives in Interdisciplinary Research." Nine colleges at the University participate in the MPC: the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the Law School, the Carlson School of Management, the School of Public Health, the College of Science & Engineering, the College of Design, and the Medical School.

Members share a commitment to cross-disciplinary research and a focus on the analysis of demographic behavior across time and space. Our membership has a strong empirical orientation, and much of our work involves large-scale data analysis and policy-relevant research. Research strengths include historical demography, population geography, labor-force studies, migration and immigration, health behavior, healthcare access and use, life-course studies, education, and family demography.

The MPC Director and Associate Director are responsible for overseeing and coordinating the day-to-day activities of the Center. The Directors consult with the Advisory Board about major budgetary issues and new Center initiatives. The Advisory Board is responsible for approving admission of new members. MPC provides support to our members through shared research support cores.

Mission and By-Laws


The MPC publishes a biannual newsletter so that our members, colleagues, and friends can keep up to date with the research, events, and activities of the center. You can read our most current issue or view previous issues of our newsletter below.

MPC News Spring 2017

MPC News Fall 2016

MPC News Spring 2016

MPC News Fall 2015

MPC News Summer 2015


In addition to our newsletter, the MPC publishes regular content about research, events, and information on our IPUMS data projects on our blog, Use It For Good.