SPE's education program provides opportunities for engaged learning for trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral level. Under mentorship from SPE faculty, trainees at all levels gain hands-on experience performing cutting-edge social research. Through participation in the program, trainees conduct fieldwork abroad, utilize world-class survey datasets, and learn innovative mixed-methods approaches. Past trainees' work has culminated in numerous dissertations, undergraduate honors theses, and publications in top-ranked journals. Previous trainee outcomes and key publications are listed below.

Previous Post-Doctoral Trainees and Outcomes

Previous Graduate Student Trainees and Outcomes

Current Graduate Trainees

Previous Undergraduate Student Trainees and Outcomes

Key Trainee Publications

  1. Allendorf, Keera, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2013. "Determinants of Marital Quality in an Arranged Marriage Society." Social Science Research 42(1):59-70. DOI. PMC3711098.
  2. Axinn, William G., and Scott T. Yabiku. 2001. "Social Change, the Social Organization of Families, and Fertility Limitation." American Journal of Sociology 106(5):1219-1261. DOI.
  3. Axinn, William G., Jennifer S. Barber, and Ann E. Biddlecom. 2010. "Social Organization and the Transition from Direct to Indirect Consumption." Social Science Research 39:357-368. DOI. PMC2877213.
  4. Beutel, Ann M., and William G. Axinn. 2002. "Gender, Social Change, and Educational Attainment." Economic Development and Cultural Change 51(1):109-134. DOI.
  5. Brauner-Otto, Sarah R., William G. Axinn, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2007. "The Spread of Health Services and Fertility Transition." Demography 44(4):747-770. DOI.
  6. Link, Cynthia F., William G. Axinn, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2012. "Household Energy Consumption: Community Context and Fuelwood Transition." Social Science Research 41:598-611. DOI. PMC3461177.
  7. Piotrowski, Martin, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Ronald R. Rindfuss. 2013. "Farming Systems and Rural Out-Migration in Nang Rong, Thailand and Chitwan Valley, Nepal." Rural Sociology 78(1):75-108. DOI. PMC3963478.
  8. Thornton, Arland, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. 2012. "The Measurement and Prevalence of an Ideational Model of Family and Economic Development in Nepal." Population Studies 66(3):329-345. DOI. PMC3505987.
  9. Williams, Nathalie E., Dirgha J. Ghimire, William G. Axinn, Elyse A. Jennings, and Meeta S. Pradhan. 2012. "A Micro-Level Event-Centered Approach to Investigating Armed Conflict and Population Responses." Demography 49(4):1521-1546. DOI. PMC3495997.