Brian Thiede, Ph.D.

Brian Thiede, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Demography
111-A Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

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


  • PhD, Cornell University, 2014
  • MS, Cornell University, 2011
  • 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.




Characterizing the indigenous forest peoples of Latin America
World Development, Thiede, Brian C., Gray, Clark, 2020

Does crop diversity at the village level influence child nutrition security? Evidence from 11 sub-Saharan African countries
Population and Environment, Tobin, Daniel, Jones, Kristal, Thiede, Brian C., 2019

Climatic variability and changing reproductive goals in Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Environmental Change, Eissler, Sarah, Thiede, Brian Clemens, Strube, Johann, 2019

The multi-scalar organization of aging-related services in US rural places
Journal of Rural Studies, Brown, David L., Glasgow, Nina, Kulcsar, Laszlo, Sanders, Scott, Thiede, Brian Clemens, 2019

Race, Residence, and Underemployment
Rural Sociology, Slack, Tim, Thiede, Brian Clemens, Jensen, Leif, 2019

Working, but poor
Journal of Rural Studies, Thiede, Brian Clemens, Lichter, Daniel T., Slack, Tim, 2018

The Spatial Concentration of America's Rural Poor Population
Rural Sociology, Thiede, Brian Clemens, Kim, Hyojung, Valasik, Matthew, 2018

Mexican-American educational stagnation
International Migration Review, Turner, Richard Neil, Thiede, Brian, 2018

Born Poor? Racial Diversity, Inequality, and the American Pipeline
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Thiede, Brian, Sanders, Scott, Lichter, Daniel, 2018

Child poverty across immigrant generations in the United States, 1993-2016
Demographic Research, Thiede, Brian C., Brooks, Matthew M., 2018

Heterogeneous climate effects on human migration in Indonesia
Population and Environment, Thiede, Brian C., Gray, Clark L., 2017

Marriage, Work, and Racial Inequalities in Poverty
Journal of Marriage and Family, Thiede, Brian C., Kim, Hyojung, Slack, Tim, 2017

A Demographic Deficit? Local Population Aging and Access to Services in Rural America, 1990–2010
Rural Sociology, Thiede, Brian C., Brown, David L., Sanders, Scott R., Glasgow, Nina, Kulcsar, Laszlo J., 2017

Climate variability and inter-provincial migration in South America, 1970–2011
Global Environmental Change, Thiede, Brian, Gray, Clark, Mueller, Valerie, 2016

Factors Associated with the Risk of Acute Malnutrition among Children Aged 6 to 36 Months in Households Targeted by an Emergency Cash Transfer Program
Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Bliss, Jessica, Jensen, Nathan, Thiede, Brian, Shoham, Jeremy, Dolan, Carmel, Sibson, Victoria, Fenn, Bridget, 2016

Resilience and Development Among Ultra-Poor Households in Rural Ethiopia
Resilience, Thiede, Brian, 2016

The Great Recession and America's geography of unemployment
Demographic Research, Thiede, Brian C., Monnat, Shannon M., 2016

America's Working Poor
Work and Occupations, Thiede, Brian Clemens, Lichter, Daniel T., Sanders, Scott R., 2015

Rainfall Shocks and Within-Community Wealth Inequality
World Development, Thiede, Brian Clemens, 2014

Hurricane Katrina
Population Research and Policy Review, Thiede, Brian Clemens, Brown, David L., 2013

Are food insecure smallholder households making changes in their farming practices? Evidence from East Africa
Food Security, Kristjanson, Patti, Neufeldt, Henry, Gassner, Anja, Mango, Joash, Kyazze, Florence B., Desta, Solomon, Sayula, George, Thiede, Brian Clemens, Förch, Wiebke, Thornton, Philip K., Coe, Richard, 2012