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Premchand Dommaraju

Premchand Dommarahu, UW Sociology Program Alum


Premchand Dommaraju (MA, UW, 2005) earned his PhD in sociology from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2008 with concentration in social demography and statistics. His dissertation on changes in marriage patterns in India was supervised by Prof. Victor Agadajanian. During his PhD, he held fellowships at the Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), both funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  He also received the Cowden fellowship and Preparing Future Faculty fellowship at ASU.  After graduating from ASU, Prem moved to Singapore, a densely populated (roughly 3000 times denser than Wyoming) island city state, to join Asia Research Institute (ARI), a world-class interdisciplinary research institute based at the National University of Singapore, as a postdoctoral fellow for two years. In 2010 he was appointed as an assistant professor in sociology at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. NTU is a research-intensive university and is ranked in the top 100 of the world universities.  His main research interests are in social demographic issues including marriage, divorce, fertility, child mortality and ageing, with a geographical focus on South Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. His publications have appeared in leading demographic and population journals: Population Studies, Population (English and French editions), Population Research and Policy Review, Genus, and the Journal of Population Research. He is currently the associate editor of the journal Asian Population Studies.

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