Population Association of America

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Population Association of America
TypeNon-profit academic society
HeadquartersAlexandria, VA
Region served
Official language
John Casterline (2019) [1]
Over 100
WebsitePAA Official website

The Population Association of America (PAA) is a non-profit scientific professional association dedicated to the study of issues related to population and demography.[3]



According to the website of the History Committee of the Population Association of America, the PAA was conceived on December 15, 1930 at a meeting in the office of Henry Pratt Fairchild at New York University. It was an offshoot of the American National Committee of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) which had been formed in 1927 with Raymond Pearl of Johns Hopkins University as its first President.[4] The History Committee identifies the following events in the timeline prior to the founding of PAA that were relevant to founding PAA:[5]


The flagship journal of the PAA, called Demography, is a bi-monthly journal published by Springer and was founded in 1964.[8][9][10] It is one of the world's leading journals on issues related to population and demographic trends.[11]


The Irene B. Taeuber Award for research achievements of the Population Association of America is named after Irene Barnes Taeuber.[12]


The PAA holds an annual meeting every March/April where people present research and data on population trends.

The PAA held its first annual meeting on April 22–23, 1932, in New York City.[5] Since then, annual meetings have been held every year except the year 1938 and the years 1943, 1944, and 1945 (the latter three due to the United States' involvement in World War II).[5] Initially, PAA Annual Meetings were held in New York City and nearby East Coast cities, due to the concentration of population researchers and policymakers in that area. The first meeting outside the eastern U.S. time zone was held in Chicago in 1958.[5] Since then, conferences have been held in numerous locations across the United States ranging from Dallas and Miami to Minneapolis, and also in some cities in Canada such as Montreal and Toronto.[5] The Annual Meetings for 2011, 2012, and 2013 were held in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and New Orleans respectively. The annual meeting website is maintained in collaboration with Princeton University.[5][13][14][15] The Pew Research Center is among the many demography-related research groups that sends many papers and posters to this conference.[16] Some of the PAA's Annual Meetings and additional meetings have been held in collaboration with other professional associations such as the American Statistical Association (1933, 1950), American Philosophical Society (1938), National Economic and Social Planning Association (1939), and American Sociology Association (1967).[5]

The PAA has also sponsored other population-related conferences, such as the 1935 Conference on Population Estimates that Eleanor Roosevelt attended[5] and the 2013 conference Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences held at the University of Colorado.[17]


Recent presidents were

2019 - John Casterline
2018 – Wendy Manning
2017 – Amy Tsui
2016 – Judith A. Seltzer
2015 – Steve Ruggles
2014 – Robert Moffitt
2013 – Christine A. Bachrach[18]


PAA allows people to become members for a fee depending on their status and location. Members get PAA publications including the bi-monthly journal Demography and they can attend the PAA Annual Meeting. As of 2013, there were about 3,000 members.[19]

Other activities[edit]

The PAA is a partner in the Science and Technology Fellowship Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[20][21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Population Association of America".
  2. ^ "Population Association of America".
  3. ^ "Population Association of America". Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Brief History of the PAA". History Committee of the Population Association of America (sdsu.edu). Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "PAA timeline" (PDF). History Committee of the Population Association of America (sdsu.edu). Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mission, Values, & History". Scripps Gerontology Center. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "The History of the Scripps Gerontology Center" (PDF). Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Demography". Population Association of America. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  9. ^ "Demography". Springer. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Demography". JSTOR. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  11. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Demography". November 8, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  12. ^ Award Criteria and Past Recipients: Irene B. Taeuber Award, Population Association of America, retrieved 2016-07-17.
  13. ^ "PAA 2013". princeton.edu. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  14. ^ "PAA 2012". princeton.edu. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "PAA 2011". princeton.edu. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  16. ^ "Pew Research Center at the Population Association of America". Pew Research Center. May 1, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  17. ^ "Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences - 2013". University of Colorado. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  18. ^ "Population Association of America". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  19. ^ "Membership". Population Association of America. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  20. ^ "PAA Fellowship". Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  21. ^ "Population Association of America Fellowship Now Accepting Applications". ucla.edu. September 24, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.

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