David A. Swanson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California Riverside. He served as a member of the U. S. Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee for six years (2004-10) and chaired the committee for two years (2009-2010). He has been in a number of professional association roles, including twice acting as the Secretary-Treasurer (1995-7 and 2003-7) of the Southern Demographic association, and as serving as the editor of its official journal, Population Research and Policy Review (2004-7). Most recently, he served on the program committee for the 2019 Conference on Population and Public Policy and the 2017 annual meeting of the Population Association of America.
Swanson has served as an expert witness and testified before Congress, state legislatures and local government bodies. In addition to being a Fulbright specialist in Demography, he has received two Fulbright awards and more than $2.3 million in grants and contracts. Swanson has produced over 100 refereed sole- and co-authored journal articles and nine books, mainly dealing with demography, especially methods for doing small area estimation and forecasting. He also has edited or co-edited four additional books and Google Scholar shows more than 2,500 citations to his work.
Among other professional recognitions, he received the Terrie award in 1999 and again in 2016 for presenting the best paper in state and local demography at the annual conference of the Southern Demographic Association. In addition to UC Riverside, other positions he has held include serving as an instructor for the Penn State online MPS degree in Applied Demography, a visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Dean at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (now part of Aalto University), Professor & Chair of the Sociology/Anthropology Department at the University of Mississippi, Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University, Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University, Senior Scientist at Science Applications International Corporation, the State Demographer of Arkansas, the State Demographer of Alaska, and a Research Investigator with the Washington State Office of Financial Management’s Population, Enrollment, and Economic Studies Division. Currently, he is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington and a Research Fellow with the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University.
His B.Sc. is from Western Washington State College (now known as Western Washington University), and his Ph.D. and M.A. are from the University of Hawai’i. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences from the University of Stockholm.