Volume 58, Number 2, 2019                                       

E-ISSN: 1549-0955                Population Review:  Published since 1957

Estimating the Underlying Infant Mortality Rates for Small Populations, Including those Reporting Zero Infant Deaths: A Case Study of Counties in California

David A. Swanson, Augustine Kposowa, Jack Baker
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FEATURED AUTHORS

David A. Swanson, Professor Emeritus

David A. Swanson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California Riverside.  Currently, he serves on the external advisory committee for the Geospatial and Population Studies Center at the University of New Mexico and the advisory board for Penn State University’s online MA Program in Applied Demography. Swanson served as a member of the U. S. Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee for six years (2004-10) and chaired the committee for two years (2009-2010).   He has been in a number of professional association roles, including twice acting as the Secretary-Treasurer (1995-7 and 2003-7) of the Southern Demographic association, and as serving as the editor of its official journal, Population Research and Policy Review (2004-7). Most recently, he served on the program committees for the 2019 Conference on Population and Public Policy and both the 2020 and 2017 annual meetings of the Population Association of America.  Swanson has served as an expert witness and testified before Congress, state legislatures and local government bodies.  In addition to being a Fulbright specialist in Demography, he has received two Fulbright awards and more than $2.3 million in grants and contracts. Swanson has produced over 100 refereed sole- and co-authored journal articles and nine books, mainly dealing with demography, especially methods for doing small area estimation and forecasting. He also has edited or co-edited four additional books and Google Scholar shows more than 2,500 citations to his work. Among other professional recognitions, he: (1) served as a “summer at census” scholar in June, 2019, U.S. Census Bureau; (2) received the Terrie award in 1999 and again in 2016 for presenting the best paper in state and local demography at the annual conference of the Southern Demographic Association; and (3) received a Vice-Presidential “Hammer Award” in 1998 for work on the development of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. 

In addition to UC Riverside,  other positions he has held, include serving as an instructor for the Penn State online MPS degree in Applied Demography, a visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo,  Dean at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (now part of Aalto University), Professor & Chair of the Sociology/Anthropology Department at the University of Mississippi, Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University, Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University, Senior Scientist at Science Applications International Corporation,  the State Demographer of Arkansas, the State Demographer of Alaska, and a Research Investigator with the Washington State Office of Financial Management’s Population, Enrollment, and Economic Studies Division.

Currently, he is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington and a Research Fellow with the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. His B.Sc. is from Western Washington State College (now known as Western Washington University), and his Ph.D. and M.A. are from the University of Hawai’i. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences from the University of Stockholm.

Jack Baker

Jack Baker is an anthropologist and demographer who currently serves as a Senior Research Analyst – Risk at Transamerica Life.  Historically, his research has focused primarily upon the physiological ecology of growth in bioanthropology and small-area methods and indirect estimation in applied demography.  Recently, he has been highly-focused on the exploration of applications of computational modeling and microsimulation in demographic projection, exploring links between individual behavior and physiology and population health dynamics. From 2007 to 2015, Jack served as New Mexico’s representative to the US Census Bureau-sponsored Federal-State Cooperative Program on Population Estimates.  From 2009-2017, Jack also served on two National Academies of Science committees:  the Panel to Review the 2010 Census (2009-2015) and the Standing Committee on Re-engineering the 2020 Census (2015-2017). From 2007-2015, Jack was involved in research and consulting services on small-area demographic analysis at the University of New Mexico’s Geospatial and Population Studies unit, where he served as both Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist.  Jack’s work has been featured in over 25 peer-reviewed articles, over 50 conference papers and invited presentations—including testimony to the United States Congress on Census 2020 preparations—and in a Springer Monograph co-authored in 2017 with David Swanson, Jeff Tayman, and Lucky Tedrow entitled:  Cohort Change Ratios and Their Applications.  

Augustine Kposowa, Professor

Augustine Kposowa is professor and chair of the sociology department at the University of California Riverside. His research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Demography, Epidemiology, Political Economy, and Racial/ethnic Inequality.  In addition to doing basic research, Dr. Kposowa is convinced that sociological findings must, and should influence public policy in order to uplift the human condition, and for Sociology to remain relevant in the 21st century and beyond.  Thus, his findings have received extensive media coverage nationally and internationally.  An examination of the Science Citation Index shows that Dr. Kposowa is one of the most cited researchers in the Sociology Department, with most of these coming not only from his articles in biomedical journals, but sociology ones as well.  For instance, his ground breaking work in Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology (2010) which showed that there had been an unexpected shift in the daily distribution of US suicides since 2000 received widespread coverage in various media across the world.  His article in Police Practice & Research on the Sierra Leone Civil War provided the background for the 2009 movie on that war (Pride of Lions).  In the movie, just as in the paper, Dr. Kposowa provides historical, economic and social causes of the war, and vehemently refutes the popular belief in the West that the war was caused by diamonds.  Dr. Kposowa is currently involved in research that investigates long-term consequences of the Sierra Leone Civil War on population health.   In the United States, he focuses on racial disparities in health outcomes, as well as individual and environmental risk factors for various causes of death, especially suicide. Recent publications have appeared in Social Science & MedicineJournal for the Scientific Study of ReligionJournal of Community PsychologySocial Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Social Science Quarterly.


FEATURED REVIEW BOARD MEMBER

Alejandro Portes, Professor Emeritus

Alejandro Portes is Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University.  He is also Professor of Law and Distinguished Scholar of Arts & Sciences at the University of Miami.  From 1998 to 1999, Alejandro served as the president of the American Sociological Association. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2019 Princess of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences.

Alejandro’s body of academic work is heavily cited.  He is the author of roughly 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, race and ethnicity, and economic sociology, and he has published 30 books and special issues. His books include City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami (California 1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick and winner of the Robert Park Award for best book in urban sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for best book in urban anthropology in 1995; and Immigrant America: A Portrait, 3rd edition, (California 2006), designated as a Centennial Publication by the University of California Press in 1996. 

His current research focuses on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the role of institutions on national development, and immigration and the American health system.

 

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