December 2019: MPC Diversity Fellowship: Call for Research Project Proposals

We are seeking faculty and research staff to lead projects as part of the MPC Summer Diversity Fellowship Program. You provide the research direction and mentorship, we provide the RAs and logistical support. The program runs for 10 weeks, from June 8-August 14, 2020. Proposals are due by 8:00 a.m. on January 27, 2020. For more information, visit, or contact Gina Rumore or Mia Riza

November 2019: Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award

MPC Member Rachel Hardeman was honored with the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award at the University of Minnesota's twelfth annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast, which took place on Monday, November 4. The Josie R. Johnson Award was established to recognize Dr. Josie R. Johnson’s lifelong contributions to human rights and social justice both within and beyond her tenure at the University of Minnesota. The purpose of this award is to honor University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students who exemplify Dr. Johnson’s commitment to creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments. 

Dr. Hardeman earned this award thanks in part to her inspiring commitment to social justice and the fight for making health a human right. Her overarching goal is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health, identifies opportunities for intervention, and dismantles the systems that allow inequalities to persist. Congratulations to Dr. Hardeman on receiving this fantastic honor. 

Read coverage of Dr. Hardeman’s work in the U.S. News and World Report and this UMN Research Brief.

October 2019: New Research on Migration Using the Consumer Credit Panel

In a recently published Demographic Research article, MPC Members Jack DeWaard, associate professor of sociology, and Janna Johnson, assistant professor of social policy and policy analysis, along with Stephan Whitaker, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, provide a comprehensive assessment of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York/Equifax Consumer Credit Panel (CCP) for research on migration within the United States. To demonstrate the unique advantages of the CCP for such research, they compare several estimates of internal migration from the CCP to similar estimates derived from other major sources of internal migration data, including the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey, Internal Revenue Service data, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

To learn more about the CCP, read their open access article “Internal migration in the United States: A comprehensive comparative assessment of the Consumer Credit Panel.”

September 2019: IPUMS International Receives New Grants

The IPUMS International project—run by MPC Members Steve Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, and Lara Cleveland—has received two new grants to expand and enhance the world’s largest population database, which currently contains over one billion person records from 365 censuses and surveys taken in 94 countries. A $5 million grant from NSF (SES 1852842, PI Steven Ruggles, Co-PIs Ragui Assaad, Elizabeth Boyle, Kathryn Grace, and Deborah Levison) will fund essential activities to expand, enrich, and freely disseminate IPUMS International data. A $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Aging (1R01AG062601-01, MPIs Lara Cleveland, Steven Ruggles, and Matthew Sobek) will allow the project to add 40 censuses and approximately 100 cases for countries in the Global South to the IPUMS International database.

To learn more about IPUMS International data, please check out the webinars (in English and Spanish) and tutorials (in eight languages), found here.

June 2019: New Funding Announcement — MPC Training Program in Population Health Science

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new five-year training program in Population Health Science, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). This program, housed at the MPC, will train pre- and post-doctoral fellows in social and health science fields to build skills in interdisciplinary population health research. The focus and unique identity of this T32 training program is to train the next generation of population health scientists to consider the interactive effects of biological/genetic, social, economic, spatial, and policy factors on population health over multiple time scales. The program is co-led by Dr. John Robert Warren (Department of Sociology) and Dr. Theresa Osypuk (Division of Epidemiology and Community Health). Together with an outstanding team of 44 faculty mentors from four colleges and seven disciplinary departments, they will prepare five pre and two postdoctoral trainees to engage in a range of scholarship, coursework, professional development and intellectual activities to solve complex seemingly intractable population health problems. This program is funded by NIH grant T32HD095134: Interdisciplinary Population Health Science Training: Linking Multilevel Forces Across Time.

For more information about the predoc program, please visit
For more information about the postdoc program, please visit
For all other questions, contact Lindsey Fabian (

May 2019: New NIA-Funded Project Seeks to Understand the Connection Between Education and Cognitive Impairment

MPC Director and Sociology Professor Rob Warren has received a $12.8 million grant from NIA to study the impacts of education on cognitive functioning later in life (R01 AG058719- 01A1). The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Columbia University to re-interview and collect genetic data from the 25,000 surviving members of the High School & Beyond Cohort—a nationally representative random sample of Americans interviewed repeatedly since they were in high school in 1980. Through analysis of the survey and genetic data, the team aims to understand the connection between education and cognitive function over the life course and to determine how racial, ethnic, and other social inequalities in education may lead to inequalities in rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive impairment.

To learn more about this study, read the University’s press release and Inquiry blog postHear from Dr. Warren about this research in the Star Tribune and on the 05/14/19 episode of KFAI's "Conversations with Al McFarlane."