Cathy Fitch

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ISRDI Associate Director
MnRDC Executive Director

I am  the Associate Director of the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation and founding Co-Director of the Minnesota Research Data Center (MnRDC). A Census Bureau Research Data Center (RDC), the MnRDC provides access to restricted and confidential data. Throughout my career, I have been closely involved in the creation of several MPC databases, including IPUMS (USA and International) and Terra Populus.

My own research focuses on historical demography and marriage formation in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. Recently I have also extended my research into understanding the implications of recent trends in family formation for children's well-being.

Research Interests:

Family Demography; Historical Demography; Social Science Data and Infrastructure