UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) has selected La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher as its director, effective this month. Since 1999, the National Institute on Aging has funded CDHA, which works with the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) to promote demographic research and training.
Fletcher is the Romnes Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology with additional appointments in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences. He is on the executive committees of CDE, the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), and the Federal Statistical Research Data Center at Wisconsin (WiscRDC).
Fletcher succeeds Professor Pam Herd, who is joining Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy this summer. She has served as CDHA director since 2015.
A highly published researcher, Fletcher has received numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. His most recent book is The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future.
Fletcher also directs the Wisconsin Policy Analysis Lab and is leading a Cluster Hiring Initiative on social genomics this fall. The lab integrates knowledge, data, and methods from multiple disciplines to uncover why, when, and on whom policies work and trains students to analyze policy effects in new ways and to collaborate across fields.