Dennis Feehan

feehan {at}

Department of Demography
University of California, Berkeley
2232 Piedmont Ave
MC #2120
Berkeley, CA 94720-2120

I’m a demographer and quantitative social scientist.

My research interests lie at the intersection of networks, demography, and quantitative methodology. I’m an Assistant Professor of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. In the summer of 2015, I finished my Ph.D. at Princeton’s Office of Population Research, and I spent the fall of 2015 as a Research Scientist at Facebook.

Working papers

Recent publications / forthcoming


I’m thrilled to have been awarded the ASA Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology Award! Check out the paper, written with Matt Salganik, here (arxiv version here). Congrats to co-winners Joscha Legewie and Merlin Schaeffer for their work on contested boundaries.

I gave a keynote talk and tutorial at the pre-PAA workshop, ‘Demographic Research in the Digital Age’ (sponsored by IUSSP). I also gave two talks during the PAA conference.

I had a great visit to Duke, where I gave a talk at the DuPRI Seminar.

I gave a talk at the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences at the University of Washington, a wonderful group of researchers.

In June, I was invited to the US State Department, where I gave a talk hosted by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

I had a great visit to UW Madison, where I gave a talk in their demography seminar on March 14th.

I was interviewed about our work on social network methods for estimating adult mortality by the Matrix.

Emilio Zagheni and I co-organized a workshop on Web, Social Media, and Cellphone Data for Demographic Research at SocInfo 2016.

I very much enjoyed visiting and giving a talk at the Stanford RAIN seminar series on November 2nd.