Brian Thiede, Ph.D.

Brian Thiede, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Demography
  • Director of Graduate Studies
112 Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Population and environment
  • Climate change and health
  • 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 climate change, demographic and health outcomes, and economic development, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. Current projects examine the effects of climate variability on migration and nutritional outcomes. The second area of research focuses on poverty and inequality in the United States. Current projects examine income inequality in the rural United States and the relationship between natural resource development and economic outcomes.