Key Staff

Jack DeWaard

Scientific Director & Senior Associate

Jack DeWaard

Jack DeWaard provides overall scientific leadership for Social and Behavioral Science Research at the Population Council to tackle pressing social, economic, health, and climate issues worldwide. He oversees research activities, quality, and learning, as well as provides strategic direction for the Council's Population, Environmental Risks, and the Climate Crisis (PERCC) initiative. DeWaard is also an external affiliate in the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington.

Before joining the Council, DeWaard was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Graduate Faculty of Population Studies in the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, where he was also a faculty affiliate in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Institute on the Environment, and the Life Course Center. 

DeWaard is an expert on human migration in the areas of migration systems and networks, climate and environmental migration and displacement, and inequality and incorporation. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, textbooks on research methods, and science communications. DeWaard is a member of the editorial board for Demography, an academic journal covering issues related to population and demography.

DeWaard holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Seattle Pacific University.