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Sonalde Desai, Department of Sociology at UMD

The Global Aspirational Class and Its Demographic Fortunes
When Mar 13, 2023
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where In Person - 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Global educational expansion and growth in middle-income households in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) have brought worldwide attention to the social transformation underway in many countries. Yet, simultaneously, income inequalities within LMICs have also grown sharply, and employment opportunities have lagged behind the aspirational shifts. This seminar will examine the changes in education and employment opportunities in LMICs over the past three decades and explore changes in marriage, fertility, and investments in children that have accompanied these economic changes.

About the Speaker


Sonalde Desai (Distinguished University Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland and Professor and Centre Director, NCAER-National Data Innovation Center, New Delhi) is a demographer whose work deals primarily with social transformation and its impact on the lives of individuals with a focus on education, employment, gender, and maternal and child health. She leads the India Human Development Survey of over 40,000 households, one of the few national panel surveys in India providing a rich and free public resource for studying the transformation of Indian society in the 21 st Century. Since April 2020, Desai and her colleagues at NDIC have carried out telephone surveys around COVID-related experiences in Delhi National Capital Region. She received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and post-doctoral training at the University of Chicago and RAND Corporation. Desai was elected President of the Population Association of America for 2022. She is a frequent contributor to Indian newspapers and has published extensively in Indian and international journals.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Online via Zoom - Zoom Link to Register . Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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