Collin Payne

David E. Bell Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
MA, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
BA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 2008

Entered Program: 
Dissertation Chair: 
Hans-Peter Kohler
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Michel Guillot
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I currently hold a Bell Fellowship at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and recently completed a Ph.D. in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center.  My substantive research is focused on global health, life-course approaches to aging, and inequality.

My research integrates approaches from demography, sociology, epidemiology, and biostatistics to improve empirical and theoretical models of population health in low-resource contexts, and provides specific contributions on life-course approaches to aging and disability, international comparisons of health and mortality, and the population-level health effects of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. 

I plan to focus my future research on developing new and innovative ways to answer key questions of global demography—how long we live, how health is maintained across the life-course, and how specific diseases (particularly chronic non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS) affect present and future health outcomes. In addition to my substantive work, I am interested in developing and improving the estimation of macro-level population processes using micro-level longitudinal data, and advancing formal demographic techniques for calculating cohort life expectancy and mortality patterns. I received an NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship and a School of Arts and Sciences dissertation completion grant to support my doctoral studies, and was a fellow in the Young Scientist Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in 2012.

Most Recent Paper:

Payne, Collin F. 2015. “Aging in the Americas: Disability-Free Life Expectancy among Adults Age 65 and Older in the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Social Sciences. (ePub ahead of print).