Brian Thiede, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Demography
Brian Thiede, Ph.D.
111-A Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-2561

Areas of Expertise

  • Population and environment
  • International development
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Migration

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  1. PhD, Cornell University, 2014
  2. MS, Cornell University, 2011
  3. BA, Bucknell University, 2008

Research Interests

My research program focuses on two substantive areas. First, I examine the relationship between environmental change, demographic behavior, and economic development, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. Current projects examine the effect of climate shocks on internal migration and livelihoods. The second area of research focuses on poverty and inequality in the United States. Recent and ongoing studies have analyzed poverty dynamics among newborn children, ethno-racial inequality, and the working poor.