NextGenPop @ Duke


NextGenPop is a new undergraduate program in population research that aims to increase the diversity of the population field and nurture the next generation of population scientists.

NextGenPop Fellows will study population composition and change through the lens of pressing contemporary issues, including race and income inequalities, health disparities, immigration, and family change. The program includes a 2-week, in-person, on-campus summer experience and subsequent virtual components focused on research and professional development, as well as opportunities for mentorship and networking at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA)

Over the next five years, NextGenPop will be successively hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, University of California, Irvine, and University of Minnesota. Sites will share a common core curriculum on population perspectives, research methods, and professional development. Each site will also feature a signature theme that reflects their cutting-edge research and expertise.

Duke University will host NexGenPop Year 3 (summer 2024) with faculty from the Duke University Population Research Institute and the Hopkins Population Center. 

NextGenPop @ Duke Faculty


Tyson Brown 
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director of the Center on Health & Society (CHS)
Research interests: racial and social inequality, population health



Scott M. Lynch
Professor of Sociology
Director of the Duke Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA)
Associate Director of the Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI)
Research interests: social epidemiology, demography of aging, statistics


M. Giovanna Merli
Professor of Public Policy and Sociology
Director of the Duke Population Research Institute (DUPRI)
Director of the Duke Population Research Center (DPRC)
Research interests: demography, social networks, migration, global population health


James Moody
Professor of Sociology
Faculty Director of the Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC)
Associate Director of the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke
Research interests: social networks, social cohesion and diffusion, population health


Jay Pearson
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Associate Research Professor of Global Health
Research interests: racial and social inequality, health disparities



Marcos Rangel
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Associate Professor of Economics
Research interests: development economics, population economics, human capital, migration


NextGenPop @ Johns Hopkins University Faculty 


Emily M. Agree
Research Professor
Associate Director, Hopkins Population Center
Departments of Sociology and Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
Research interests: Population aging, disability, families and assistive technology


Stefanie DeLuca, Ph.D.
James Coleman Professor of Sociology & Social Policy
Professor of Sociology & Social Policy
Department of Sociology
Research interests: urban sociology, neighborhoods, housing policy, and social inequality over the life course


Roland J. Thorpe
Professor & Co-Director Health, Equity, and Social Justice Program
Department of Health, Behavior, and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research interests: race, socioeconomic status, residential segregation and health, especially among African-American men.

NextGenPop @ Duke Institutional Support

The Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Graduate School have provided funds to help support NextGenPop @ Duke.

Funding for additional infrastructure support for the NextGenPop Program at Duke comes from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (P2C HD065563)

NextGenPop @ Duke Regional Partners

North Carolina Central University College of Health and Sciences