Scott T. Yabiku

Scott T. Yabiku
Professor of Sociology and Demography

Curriculum Vitae


2002ttPh.D.ttUniversity of Michigan, Sociology
1997ttM.A.ttPennsylvania State University, Sociology and Demography
1995ttB.A.ttUniversity of Chicago, Sociology

Professional Bio

Although initially trained as a sociologist and demographer, my research is characterized by diverse collaborations across disciplines. This interdisciplinary research on how human and natural systems affect each other spans the social and natural sciences. My research is also international in scope with data collections or field work in the United States, Mexico, Mozambique, China, and Nepal.

To support my research, I use tools to develop apps and conduct statistical analysis. For app development, I use C#, Java, and Xamarin to create mobile apps on Windows, Android and iOS that collect data for my projects. For statistical analysis, I use R and SAS to test hypotheses and visualize data.

Research Interests

My research interests include Family, Population & Environment, New Data Collection Techniques, Fertility, and Migration.

Current Research Projects

My interdisciplinary research on human and natural systems examines what social and ecological factors enable the rapid spread or control of a fast-moving invasive species. I also test how collectively governed and market-based, non-family organizations facilitate or mitigate the responses of community groups to rapid environmental change. My research on data collection methods explores different approaches to collecting spatial data from respondents, as well as how to use these data to better understand behavior and place.

Research Interests by Concentration


Demography, Family, Population and Environment, Migration


family migration

Quantitative Methods

Demography, Family, Population and Environment, Migration

Urban, Community, and Spatial Sociology

human & ecological communities
Scott T. Yabiku
(814) 863-0145
306 Oswald Tower University Park , PA 16802
Mailroom: 203 Oswald Tower