Phone Number 210-458-3149
Room MNT 2.270J
Department Copp Dean’s Office; Demography;
My research focuses on three areas: (1) Inequality and poverty – I have conducted two major projects on welfare reform and poverty that addressed correlates of poverty at the macro level and consequences of welfare reform on the individual level. (2) Demographic change in response to natural disasters –In several projects I examined the consequences of natural and man-made disasters. Two studies focused directly on the social and economic consequences of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A current project examines demographic and socioeconomic changes in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. (3)Post-socialist transformations in Eastern Europe – My research on this topic started with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and I continue to analyze aspects of this process. Special topics have included the formation of values in support of liberal democracy; the privatization of agriculture; the restructuring of a steel foundry; and secularization.
1974 Ph.D in Sociology/Demography, The University of Texas
1969 Universität Hamburg
1966 Abitur, Hamburg