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Professor of Geography, University of Connecticut

My research focuses on the causes and consequences of the long-term decline in migration within the United States.

This has practical implications for regional economic development policy; the employee relocation industry; regional benchmarking; and local and regional population projections.

I hold a Ph.D. in Geography from Indiana University and I have been on the faculty at the University of Connecticut since 1994. I directed the University’s undergraduate Urban Studies program, the Center for Population Research, and Connecticut’s US Census Data Center.

My research appears in highly rated social science journals such as Demography, the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Urban Studies. Support for this research comes from the NSF, SSRC, ESRC, the Brookings Institution, and the Sloan Foundation

Between 2015 and 2020, I was Editor of Urban Geography. I received the 2013 Research Excellence Award in Population Geography from the American Association of Geographers. I sI spent 2014 as US Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.


  • 1994–present
    Professor of Population Studies, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut


  • 1993 
    Indiana University, Ph.D, Geography