Directors and Staff


Benjamin A. Shaw BENJAMIN A. SHAW, Director of CSDA, is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior in the School of Public Health. He received his M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Shaw’s research examines how individual lifestyle factors interact with societal conditions in shaping health and well-being during the aging process. His current projects focus on determinants of healthy aging within the United States, Japan, and Sweden. Dr. Shaw’s research has led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and the Journal of Aging and Health.

Timothy Gage TIMOTHY GAGE, Associate Director of CSDA, is a Professor of Anthropology and Epidemiology. Dr. Gage's teaching and research interests include population dynamics, human-environmental interactions and population genetics. His recent research involves the development of multilevel mixture models to analyze racial and ethnic variation in infant mortality. He received the 2002 Gabriel W. Lasker Award for the published results of his research on human biology. He was elected President of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics(1999-2000). He has also served on the executive committee of the American Antropological Association(1991-1993). In 2006, Dr. Gage received the Excellence in Research Award from the University at Albany.

Zai Liang ZAI LIANG, Director of the Developmental Core, is a Professor of Sociology. He is one of the first researchers to study contemporary Chinese migration patterns in the age of market transition in China. For nearly two decades, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NIH, NSF, Spencer Foundation, and CCK Foundation, he has been engaged in a research program to examine the massive flow of internal migrants in China. He has also focused on international migration from China to the United States. With support from NIH, NSF, and the Ford Foundation, he has completed a major data collection project and has been analyzing data from this project. A more recent project, sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation, examines new settlement patterns of low skilled Chinese immigrants in the U.S.

Linda K. Lawrence, Senior Administrative Assistant, Phone: 442-3211, Email:

Walter Ensel, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

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Ruby Wang, Ph.D., Statistical Consultant / Programmer

Jin-wook Lee, M.S., Manager of GIS Group

Jeffrey Napierala, Ph.D. Candidate, Web Programmer / Data Analyst

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