Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson
MPC Student Member

MPC Data Projects

Research Interests and Project Expertise

Historical Demography; Work, Family, and Time; Kinship and Social Networks; Quantitative History


I joined the Minnesota Population Center in August 2010 when I began my graduate studies in the Department of History PhD program. Working on IPUMS-USA, I have worked on the 1960 Data Restoration Project and the conversion of IPUMS-USA to a source variable format.

My research focuses on the labor dynamics and relationships between family members on farms since the nineteenth century. Because of the long time-span of IPUMS-USA data, I utilize IPUMS-USA extensively to measure farm labor and intergenerational coresidence. I am also interested in how social and labor networks operated within local communities as a complement to family labor in the early life cycle of emerging farm families.