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Journal Club

A student-directed initiative helping young scholars to review literature, connect with senior scholars, and develop research plans

Journal ClubThe Journal Club serves several functions.

  • First, we aim to evaluate current research in major population journals (Demography, Population and Development Review, Demographic Research, Population Studies and American Journal of Public Health).
  • Secondly, the Club seeks to bring graduate students and faculty from all departments affiliated with the MPRC to promote cross-disciplinary criticism of current population research.
  • Thirdly, by assessing the strengths and weaknesses of current research, the Club offers an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to come up with innovative ideas for developing their own paper/research plans.

The benefits of participating in the Journal Club are evident. As graduate students, we need to be up to date with the current literature and to have a platform to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published work in order to deepen one’s understanding of the field. Additionally, we will get to tap into the knowledge of senior, and very successful, population scholars at the university. Many other top population centers around the country have such clubs, and this is another way in which we, as graduate students, can improve our craft. This exercise may help us to generate ideas for new papers, which would help us compete for spots in sessions at PAA and lead to publications of our own.

This semesters' sessions are listed below. These sessions will take place in the Suzanne M. Bianchi Meeting Room, 2101C Morrill Hall. Additional details regarding the specifics of each session will be sent to those interested as we get closer to each Journal Club session.

and  are co-organizers of the Journal Club. Feel free to send an email message if you have any questions or wish to be added to the mailing list.

We look forward to continued, excellent interdisciplinary discussions and insight into new journals and publishing at the highest levels.

Detailed information about each meeting will be added to the links below as it becomes available.

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