Ashton M. Verdery

Ashton M. Verdery

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography

716 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Education:

  1. Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
  2. M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  3. B.A. First Class Honours, McGill University, 2007

Biography:

My research focuses on social networks: how and why people are socially connected to each other and the consequences of those connections. Within this broad area, I am especially interested in demographic processes, specifically how population dynamics shape family, kinship, and social networks and how those networks in turn affect health and other population processes. I have given special attention to migration and the network ties that migrates retain to origin areas after moving as well as the new ties they form in different destinations. I am also very interested in using social networks as a basis for sampling populations that are otherwise difficult to survey, including migrants, those at high risk of sexually transmitted or blood-borne infections, and opioid users. In this line of research, I am working on new ways to use and improve network based sampling methods, especially respondent-driven sampling.

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