With almost 50 faculty associates, PSTC provides a stimulating environment in which scholars focusing on population studies can be exposed to other faculty work and receive support in computing and grants management, as well as other benefits.
We select associates who help advance the mission and reputation of the center through the production and support of high-quality, innovative, and influential population-related research. This mission is best advanced by creating a fertile mix of researchers that includes scholars whose research is or promises to be influential in:
- The traditional demographic community;
- Their respective disciplines; and/or
- Advancing an emerging line of interdisciplinary research.
While PSTC has a deep connection to three core departments — Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology — we also engage faculty doing population-related research in other areas (such as public health, political science, education, and environmental studies) if their interests align with our signature themes.
How to Affiliate
PSTC faculty associates are nominated by the Director and require a majority vote from the Steering Committee. Nominations come from a variety of sources, including requests from Chairs during recruitment of new faculty and current faculty associates. Associates are full- or part-time employees at Brown and include tenure-track faculty, research faculty, research staff, and postdoctoral fellows. Associate status is presumed to be for the duration of employment at Brown. Appointments are reviewed annually by the Director to determine all associates are continuing to contribute to PSTC’s mission.
Non-Brown employees may be considered for off-campus affiliate status for renewable terms of five years if there is a compelling reason to do so. For example, collaborators involved in a grant-supported project with a PSTC faculty associate may want to consider affiliation.
All associates have full access to the PSTC’s facilities and grant and research support and are eligible for developmental funds and physical space. However, given limitations on available resources, we have a system of priorities. The Director, in consultation with the Steering Committee, makes the final decision on allocations of developmental resources and/or space. Off-campus affiliates have access to administrative, grant, computer, and spatial services but do not have access to developmental funds or receive dedicated space.