Patrick Heuveline


Contact Information

Email    heuveline@soc.ucla.edu
Office  214 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-6380
My substantive research interests center on how childhood family structures affect child wellbeing and the transition to adulthood.

My work to date is divided between comparative, secondary data analyses on single parenting or cohabitation in Western Nations, and an ongoing project in Cambodia, which began in 2000 and is designed to study family change since the Khmer-Rouge period (1975-79).

Methodologically, I am interested in developing and estimating models centered on population dynamics to represent phenomena that are intertwined with demographic processes. To date, the main applications have been on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Eastern Africa and on the death toll of the Khmers Rouges’ regime.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


2010    Elected, Board of Directors, Population Association of America, 2011-13.

2010    Member, Comité Sciences Humaines et Sociales, “Espaces, sociétés, organisations et marchés”, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) 2011-13.

2007    Member, the Population Science Committee, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), 2008-12.

2006    Fellow, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2007-08.

2003    William T. Grant Scholar, William T. Grant Foundation, 2003-08.

1998    E. Digby Baltzell Award, University of Pennsylvania, for “Best 1997 Dissertation in Sociology.”

1997    Dean’s Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, “In recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement in the School of Arts and Sciences.”



Selected Publications

Links to most publications below are available from Google Scholar:


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Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. xiii +291pp. Oxford, UK and Malder, MA: Blackwell Publishers. September 2000. (Preston, S.H.; Heuveline, P.; Guillot, M.)


“One-Parent Families in Contemporary Cambodia,” Marriage and Family Review 52(1-2):216-242. September 2015. (Heuveline, P., Hong, S.)

“The Boundaries of Genocide: Quantifying the Uncertainty of Death Toll During the Pol-Pot Regime (1975-1979),” Population Studies 69(2):201-18. July 2015.

"It Takes a Village (or Perhaps a Nation): Family Structures, State Policies and Children’s Educational Achievement,” Journal of Marriage and Family 72(5): 1362-76. October 2010. (Heuveline, P.; Yang, H., Timberlake, J. M.) 

"Diversity and Change in Cambodian Households (1998-2006)," Journal of Population Research 25(3):287-313. December 2008. (Demont, F.; Heuveline, P.)

“The International Child Poverty Gap: Does Demography Matter?” Demography 45(1):173-191. February 2008. (Heuveline, P.; Weinshenker, M.)

“The Phoenix Population: Demographic Crisis and Rebound in Cambodia,” Demography 44(2):405-426. May 2007. (Heuveline, P.; Poch, B.) 

“Do Marriages Forget Their Past? Marital Stability in post-Khmer-Rouge Cambodia,” Demography 43(1):99-125. February 2006. (Heuveline, P.; Poch, B.) 

"The Role of Cohabitation in Family Formation: The United States in Comparative Perspective," Journal of Marriage and Family 66(6): 1214-1230. December 2004. (Heuveline, P., Timberlake, J.M.). 

"HIV and Population Dynamics: A General Model and Maximum-Likelihood Standards for Eastern Africa," Demography 40(2): 217-245. May 2003.

“Shifting Child Rearing to Single Mothers: Results from 17 Western Nations,” Population and Development Review 29(1):47-71. March 2003. (Heuveline, P.; Timberlake, J.M.; Furstenberg, F.F. Jr.).

“"Between One and Three Million in Cambodia": Toward the Demographic Reconstruction of a Decade of Cambodian History (1970-1980),” Population Studies 52(1): 49-65. March 1998.


 The Mekong Island Population Laboratory (MIPopLab), A Demographic Surveillance System in Rural Cambodia (2000-06). ICPSR36601-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-04-13.