I am an associate sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The majority of my research projects tackle social problems through the manipulation of large data sets and integration of demographic, statistical, and spatial methods. My research areas include: (1) effects of demographic and educational transitions on labor markets and economic development; (2) estimation and analysis of migration; (3) reproductive health issues; and (4) public policy evaluation.
Prior to joining RAND in 2014, I served as an assistant professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2009–2014). I taught courses on research methodology, social statistics, and evaluation of public policies. Other courses I enjoy teaching are related to population trends, covering issues dealing with the aging population, reproductive health, development, urbanization, migration, and spatial analysis.
My studies have been funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Population Reference Bureau, the Institute of International Education, the Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES/MEC), the China Population and Development Research Center (CPDRC), the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economics Research (IPEA), the Brazilian Association of Population Studies (ABEP), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (CNPq/MCTI), and the Minas Gerais Research Support Foundation (FAPEMIG).
I received my PhD in sociology with a concentration in demography from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2007, a master’s degree in demography from UFMG in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil in 2000.