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Michael S. Rendall Ph.D.

Michael S. Rendall, Ph.D.

Director, MPRC


3139 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Bldg.
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-6393


  1. 1993, Ph.D., Sociology, Brown University
  2. 1990, AM, Economics, Brown University
  3. 1987, MA, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  4. 1981, BBS, Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand


Dr. Rendall joined the University of Maryland in the fall of 2011, moving from the RAND Corporation where he was Senior Social Scientist, Director of the Population Research Center and Postdoctoral Program in Population Studies, and Associate Director of the Labor and Population Division. His methodological work has included evaluation of data quality in fertility, family structure, and international migration; elderly poverty measurement; new statistical methods for combining survey and population data; and new methods for the simulation of cohort lifetimes and population dynamics. His substantive work has included exploration of relationships of socio-economic inequality and social policy to fertility, household structure, and migration. His current research topics include migration between Mexico and the United States over the 1990s and 2000s, migration and social-demographic outcomes of New Orleanians following Hurricane Katrina, and modeling the development of obesity across U.S. childhoods.

Specialty areas : Demography; Gender, Work, and Family

Additional research interests : Migration; Fertility; Poverty and Inequality; Combining Data; Microsimulation Modeling