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The Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has selected 11 population researchers from across North Carolina and South Carolina for external affiliate appointments.

The external affiliates represent a broad array of institutions and fields. The group includes researchers who study reproductive health, the labor market, marriage and family, aging, the life course, and immigration.

“Bringing together population researchers from across the Carolinas will help us strengthen our research networks,” said Karen Benjamin Guzzo, the Director of the Carolina Population Center. “We look forward to supporting their research and learning from their work.”

External affiliates are appointed for two-year terms and can access a wide array of services at the Carolina Population Center, including feedback on grants, communication services, and the Triangle Research Data Center, a branch of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center, for approved projects. They can also take short-term research visits as well as longer-term sabbaticals in Chapel Hill, and attend CPC research workshops and events.

The external affiliates:

Jennifer Augustine, University of South Carolina


Jennifer Augustine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina and a member of CHIP (Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations). She also currently serves as a Council Member for the ASA Section on Children and Youth, an Editorial Board member for Social Currents, and is the Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow of Sociology at USC.

Kathleen Broussard, University of South Carolina


Kathleen Broussard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. Her work appears in Social Science & Medicine, Population Studies, American Journal of Public Health, Contraception, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, among others. It has also been featured across major news outlets, including The New York Times and The Atlantic and has been cited in Amicus briefs for two cases related to abortion access and provision, June Medical Services v. Russo and Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In support of her work, she has received funding from the NIH and the Society of Family Planning and recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society.

William Haller, Clemson University


William Haller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Clemson University and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He has served as the editor of Population Review since July 2010.

His research interests include international migration, the sociology of development, and social stratification.

Sitawa Kimuna, East Carolina University

Sitawa Kimuna is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at East Carolina University.  She has served as a consultant for the United National Fund for Population on the IDP Project: “Reproductive health and gender needs for displaced populations with special attention to adolescents 2001-2006 and co-edited a book on “Women in African Development: The Challenge of Globalization and Liberalization in the 21st Century.”

Her research interests include gender-based violence, sexual behavior and HIV/AIDS, immigration and labor force participation, race and ethnic relations and aging in SSA.

Arielle Kuperberg, University of North Carolina – Greensboro


Arielle Kuperberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Her research investigates romantic relationships and the intersections of education, work, family and gender. In addition to ongoing studies on cohabitation, hooking up, and relationship norms, she is currently examining how student loans impact the transition to adulthood among young adults.

Emily Mann, University of South Carolina


Emily Mann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She uses qualitative research methods and social theory to examine how reproductive health promotion efforts unfold in medicine and public health and how social processes shape the experiences of people of reproductive age regarding sex, contraception, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood.

Dr. Mann holds a joint appointment in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and serves as Co-Director of the Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations (CHIP).

Anna Manzoni, North Carolina State University


Anna Manzoni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on quantitative methods and social stratification in labor markets. Her current work focuses on independence.

Stephanie Potochnick, University of North Carolina – Charlotte


Stephanie Potochnick is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Her research examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant youth. She uses an interdisciplinary perceptive to identify the health and educational needs and resources of immigrant children and families, and to examine the impact national, state, and local-level policies have on their well-being.

Jaclyn Wong, University of South Carolina


Jaclyn Wong is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. Her research is motivated by this major question: how do the seemingly private decisions and interactions in couples and families relate to broader patterns of inequality from young adulthood to late life?

She has a forthcoming book (University of California Press, April 2023) based on six years of in-depth interviews with different-gender dual-professional couples as they launched careers and transitioned to parenthood. Her other projects use nationally representative survey data to examine how positive and negative social relationships shape older adults’ health and wellbeing.

Matthew Wright, Appalachian State University


Matthew Wright is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University.  His research and teaching interests include family, aging, and demography. Matthew’s research examines the implications of family change in later life, with a focus on marriage, divorce, and cohabitation. His current projects examine the well-being and social relationships of older cohabitors and adults who have experienced divorce after age 50. Another line of research investigates family attitudes among older adults, both in the U.S. and internationally, and how they have changed over time.

Yan Zhang, East Carolina University


Yan Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at East Carolina University. Her research agenda focuses on family demography, population health, aging & life course, and gender & sexuality. She is particularly interested in examining how family relationships influence health outcomes among aging population. My current research investigates the association between parenthood (i.e., parental status, parent-child relationship, and fertility history) and older adults’ risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.