Renowned Alumni

Many of today’s well-known demographers worked at the MPIDR, starting from 1996 when the Institute was founded. Here we present some of them.

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Annette Baudisch studied mathematics and economics. She wrote her PhD at the MPIDR and at University College London. After research stays abroad in the USA (Duke University, DC) and in France (Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires, Paris). Her research focuses on evolutionary biodemography. In 2008, she published her first book, “Inevitable Aging? Contributions to evolutionary-demographic theory”. From 2009 to 2014 she has been heading the Max Planck Research Group “Modeling the Evolution of Aging” . In 2014 she has been appointed professor at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

Laura Bernardi headed the MPIDR’s Max Planck Independent Research Group “Culture of Reproduction“ from 2003 to 2009.  At the same time she held a Junior Professorship at the University of Rostock. Applying research methods of socio-demography and anthropology, she analyzed which factors play a role in the decision to have a child. In 2008 she was appointed Professor at the University of Lausanne. Since 2011 she has also been Deputy-Director of the Swiss national research program “LIVES – Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives”.

Francesco Billari headed the MPIDR’s Max Planck Independent Research Group “Demography of Early Adulthood” from 1999 to 2002. His research interests focused on the fertility of industrial nations and the demography of young adults. He subsequently engaged in research and teaching at Bocconi University in Milan, followed by a Professorship of Sociology and Demography at the University of Oxford, a position he has been holding since 2012. He is currently President of the European Association for Population Studies and has been awarded the Clifford C. Clogg Award by the Population Association of America.

Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz was Head of the MPIDR’s Independent Research Group “Population, Economy, and Environment” from 1998 to 2003. Her main research focused on modeling the interaction between demographic and economic processes. Today she is Professor of Mathematical Economics at the Vienna University of Technology and Deputy Director at the Vienna Institute of Demography, where she is also Research Group Leader of the research group “Population Economics“.

Joshua R. Goldstein was Director of the MPIDR and Head of the Laboratories Economic and Social Demographic, and Historical Demography. His research focused on family demography, fertility, marriage behavior, aging, and demographic forecasting. Previous to his position at the MPIDR he was engaged in research at Princeton University. In August 2013 he took up a Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also chairing the Department of Demography.

Jan M. Hoem was Director of the MPIDR and Head of the Laboratory “Contemporary European Fertility and Family Dynamics” from 1999 until his retirement in 2007, when he was conferred emeritus status. Previous to his position in Rostock he was Professor of Demometry at the University of Stockholm. His research focused on methods of event-history analysis and the impact of welfare policy on fertility. After retirement, he continued to be engaged in research activities as Professor Emeritus at the University of Stockholm. Jan M. Hoem passed away February 25th, 2017.

Hans Peter Kohler was head of the MPIDR’s Max Planck Independent Research Group “Social Dynamics and Fertility” from 1997 to 2002. His research concentrated on fertility and health–related behavior in developed and developing countries. In 2002 he taught at Berkeley University; in 2003 he moved from there to take up a position at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now Professor of Sociology and Demography. He has been was award the Clifford C. Clogg Award by the Population Association of America.