David Swanson
David Swanson


Ph.D., 1985, University of Hawai’i

Office: 1223 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-4373
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: david.swanson@ucr.edu

Curriculum Vitae


David A. Swanson served as member of the U. S. Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee for six years and chaired the group for two years.   He also has served as:  Program Organizer for the 2007 and 2010 Applied Demography Conferences; Publications Officer (2001-2) for the Government Statistics Section, American Statistical Association; Chair of the Applied Demography Committee of the Population Association of America (2000-1); Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Demographic Association (1995-7 and 2003-7); and the editor of Population Research and Policy Review (2004-7). Currently, he is a member of the Development Committee of the Population Association of America and serves as a peer reviewer for the Republic of Georgia’s National Science Agency, the Rustavelli Foundation.

Swanson has given hundreds of presentations before professional associations. In 2010, he presented “Developing Small Area Population Estimates for Use in Health Information Systems” in the Introductory Plenary Session at the 19th International Conference of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, held at Patna University in India. The same year he gave the invited presentation, “Perspectives on the American Community Survey” at the 2010 Conference of the Latin American Association for Population Studies in Havana, Cuba. Also in 2010, he presented “New Directions for the Decennial Census?” in the Invited Session, What if the 2020 Census Was the First Census: What Would We do?, at the annual Conference of the American Statistical Association.  At the invitation of the Edmonton Society of Demographers, he gave the keynote talk, “Demography: A Four-Field View,” at the 2011 Kalbach Conference, held at the University of Alberta.

In addition to his presentations, Dr. Swanson has authored or co-authored over 85 refereed journal articles, mainly dealing with demography, especially methods for doing small area estimation and forecasting. His publications appear in a range of journals, including Canadian Studies in PopulationDemographyLatin American AntiquityPopulation Research and Policy ReviewPopulation ReviewReview of Economics and FinanceSouthern African Journal of DemographySouthern Economic ReviewSurvey MethodologyThe American Statistician, The Journal of Economic and Social MeasurementThe Journal of Population Research, andVoprosy Statistiki.

With Stan Smith and Jeff Tayman, he wrote State and Local Population Projections: Methodology and Analysis (2001); with Farhat Yusuf and Jo Martins, authored An Introduction to Consumer Demographics and Behaviour: Markets are People (2011); with Jay Siegel, edited The Methods and Materials of Demography, 2nd Edition(2004); with Steve Murdock, edited Applied Demography in the 21st Century (2009); with Nazrul Hoque, edited Opportunities and Challenges for Applied Demography in the 21st Century (2012); and with Jeff Tayman, wrote Subnational Population Estimation (2012). He also wrote Learning Statistics: A Manual for Sociology Students (2012). He is currently working with Smith and Tayman on the second edition of State and Local Population Projections and with Yusuf and Martins on an update of the third edition of Demographic Techniques (Pollard, Pollard, and Yusuf, 1990). With Yusuf and Lou Pol, He is in the initial stages of putting together the International Handbook of Applied Demography.

Swanson has received more than $2.3 million in grants and contracts and was the Principal Investigator of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation to assess the demographic and social impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In addition to many media interviews, he has testified before the US Congress and state legislative bodies. Swanson also has served as an expert witness in court cases. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology/Population Studies from the University of Hawai’i in 1985.  He speaks, reads and writes Finnish poorly, but can speak, read, and write Swedish reasonably well.

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