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Master of Professional Studies in
Applied Demography


Ph.D., Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires

Dr. Nicolás Sacco’s teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of demography and sociology. He is interested in how social inequality interplays with fertility and mortality changes, in particular in Latin America. Dr. Sacco primarily uses population censuses and housing surveys, with a wide range of quantitative research methods.
Dr. Sacco is an assistant teaching professor of sociology and demography and a former postdoctoral scholar at The Population Research Institute (PRI) (2018–19) and the Center for Development and Regional Planning (Cedeplar) in Brazil (2017–18).

Census 2021: Experiences from South America

B.Sc. Geography, University of Bristol, UK
Ph.D. Planning, University of Wales College of Cardiff (now Cardiff University), UK

Dr. Matthews is trained in quantitative geography, GIS, and planning and is the Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography (with courtesy appointments in Geography and the School of International Affairs). Since 2013 Dr. Matthews has served as director of the residential dual-degree Graduate Program in Demography (60+ students) and he has been actively involved in the APDEM programs since they were launched in 2016.  He has been at Penn State since 1994, during which time he founded and led the Geographic Information Analysis Core within the Population Research Institute. Matthews has been co-editor of the flagship journal, Demography (2016-2019), and is currently the editor of the journal Spatial Demography.  At Penn State, he has served on the advisory board to Penn State’s MGIS and Certificate Programs in GIS, and he is a regular capstone supervisor for the MGIS and APDEM programs.

Editor, Spatial Demography
Associate Editor, Discover Social Science and Health
Associate Editor, Mathematical Population Studies


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