Ashton M. Verdery M.A., Ph.D.

Ashton M. Verdery, M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography

716 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16801
Office Phone: (814) 863-5385

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
  2. M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  3. B.A. First Class Honours, McGill University, 2007

Biography:

Research Interests

My research focuses on social networks: how and why people are socially connected to each other and the consequences of those connections. Within this broad area, I am especially interested in demographic processes, specifically how population dynamics shape family, kinship, and social networks and how those networks in turn affect health and other population processes. I have given special attention to migration and the network ties that migrants retain to origin areas after moving as well as the new ties they form in different destinations. Third, I am very interested in using social networks as a basis for sampling populations that are otherwise difficult to survey, including migrants and those at high risk of sexually transmitted infections. In this line of research, I am working on new ways to use and improve network based sampling methods, especially respondent-driven sampling. Finally, I have an expanding research focus on collaboration networks and their effects on scientific innovation.

Current Research Projects

I have several ongoing research collaborations. In one line of work I am trying to understand how historical and projected population change affects family and kinship networks around the world. In another line of research, I focus on transnational migrant networks and the effects of these on social incorporation. A third line of research is expanding tools for network sampling methods, especially respondent-driven sampling, where I am investigating new sampling protocols, new statistical estimators, and how to conduct multivariate analyses with such non-traditional data. Finally, I am investigating the nature and effects of scientific collaboration networks.

Research Interests:

Social Networks, Computational Sociology, Quantitative Methodology, Social Demography

Research Interests:

Demography:

Social Networks, Computational Sociology, Quantitative Methodology, Social Demography

Urban, Community, and Spatial Sociology:

projections

Quantitative Methods:

Social Networks, Computational Sociology, Quantitative Methodology, Social Demography

Immigration and Incorporation:

social incorporation, transnational migrant networks