Michael White Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies, Professor of Sociology, Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences

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research overview

Michael J. White is a sociologist and demographer who investigates issues with relevance to public policy. White's research draws on censuses and surveys, including primary data collection in developing countries. He is presently involved in a wide range of research projects in a variety of geographic settings. Current research on the United States includes studies of immigrant adaptation in schooling, family and the labor force. Research in developing and transition societies focusses on the determinants of migration, urbanization, with attention to their socioeconomic, health, environmental consequences. White has a long-standing interest in spatial population analysis, including residential segregation. 

research statement

Michael J. White has taught at Brown University since 1989. He is a sociologist and demographer who investigates issues with relevance to public policy. White's research draws on censuses and surveys, including primary data collection in developing countries. He is presently involved in a wide range of research projects in a variety of geographic settings. Current research on the United States includes studies of immigrant adaptation in schooling, family and the labor force. Research in South Africa focusses on the determinants of circulate migration with attention to its socioeconomic and health consequences. Research in China examines the adaptation of migrants to large urban areas.  White maintains a long-standing interest in spatial population analysis, including residential segregation.   White regularly teaches undergraduates in Sociology 130 "American Heritage: Democracy, Inequality, and Public Policy." White offers graduate courses in migration, research methods, and other subjects. A list of publications and working papers appear elsewhere on this website. Prior to arriving at Brown, White was one the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and was a staff member of the Urban Institute in Washington D.C.
 

funded research

""Migration, HIV and Socioeconomic Change in South Africa" Lifespan/Tufts/Brown [NIH] Center for AIDS Research 2011-13 $40,000.

"Explaining Very Low Fertility in Italy" (D. Kertzer, PI), National Science Foundation, $250,000; National Institutes of Health; 2004-06; $787,957

"Urbanization, Health, and Environmental Quality in Coastal Ghana," National Institutes of Health; 2003-05; $200,000

"Urbanization and Environmental Impact in Coastal Ghana," MacArthur Foundation; 2000-03; $300,000

"First Year Doctoral Training for Students from Africa," PI, PSTC Training Grant; 2000-03; $270,000
Renewed 2003-05; $300,000

"Advancing Segregation Measurement," NSF; 1999-2003; $130,000

"Immigration and Early Life Course Transitions" (J. Glick, PI), NICHD; 1999-2002; $587,000

"The Kumasi [Ghana] Peri-Urban Survey" (element of PSTC award from Mellon Foundation, "Fertility in Developing Countries"); 1998-99; $25,000

"The Fate of Abandoned Children" (D. Kertzer, PI), NSF; 1996-98, $56,026

"Migration and Environmental Quality" (with L. Hunter), NICHD; 1995-97; $40,000

"Immigrant Adaptation," Interagency Personnel Agreement awarded to PSTC, Brown University; 1995-96; $61, 629

"Language Proficiency, Schooling and the Achievement of Immigrants," U.S. Department of Labor; 1995-96; $19,700

"Metropolitan Restructuring, Neighborhood Change, and Concentrated Poverty" (with H. Silver), NSF; 1992-96; $138,000

"The Substitution of Immigration for Internal Migration," Sloan Foundation; 1990-95; $55,000

"Integrated Analysis of Spatial Mobility" (with P. Mueser), NICHD; 1985-89; $314,000

"Neighborhoods in Urban Society," Russell Sage Foundation; 1982-84; $66,000

"The Changing Sociospatial Structure of the City" (D. J. Bogue, PI), NICHD; 1980-81; $38,000

"Internal Migration and Local Mobility within SMSAs" (D. J. Bogue, PI), NSF; 1980-81; $42,000