Qian Cai

Director, Demographics Research Group

Qian Cai (pronounced “chien tsai”) is director of the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of population statistics, and national reputation in applied demography, Qian oversees the group’s data production and research, ensures top quality publications and client service, and maintains an ambitious agenda for improving population data for Virginia and the nation. A native of China, Qian received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in demography, both from Peking University. She received a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University.

Meredith Gunter

Director of Outreach

Meredith Strohm Gunter is the Outreach Director for the Demographics Research Group. Meredith’s career experience includes senior administrative posts at three institutions of higher education in Virginia; policy and special initiative development for the Governor’s Office; international services and support for a major Virginia law firm; and a number of freelance writing, editing, and planning projects for private clients. She served as staff director, researcher, and writer for selected projects for the National Governors’ Association, the Southern Governors’ Association, the Southern States Energy Board, and the Southern Growth Policies Board, as well as serving as staff director for the Virginia International Trade Commission. Meredith earned her B.A. from Miami University (Ohio), her M.S. from Indiana University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Amy Muldoon

Project Manager

Amy Muldoon is the coordinator for the Demographics Research Group at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. In 2010, Amy moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she worked at the University of Michigan as an academic advisor in the liberal arts college. She has experience designing websites, building and maintaining databases, and managing various college programs and projects. She earned her B.A. in Professional Writing from Miami University (OH) and her M.A. in English from the University of Toledo.

Hamilton Lombard

Research and Policy Analyst

Hamilton Lombard is a research specialist for the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. His expertise is in demographic change, particularly the different components of population growth and decline, population estimates, school enrollment projections, and the effect of government policy on population patterns. Hamilton has worked in local and regional planning in Virginia and the United Kingdom. He earned his B.A. in History and B.S. in Planning from the University of Virginia.

Shonel Sen

Research and Policy Analyst

Shonel Sen is a Research and Policy Analyst for the Demographics Research Group. She has a strong background in Regional Economics, Population Studies and Public Policy with training in theoretical modeling and quantitative analysis. Her interdisciplinary research interests bring together elements from the fields of Economic Development, Components of Population Change, Behavioral Incentives and Environmental Sustainability. Shonel received her B.A and M.A. in Economics from India and the Dual-Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Demography at Pennsylvania State University.

Kathryn Piper Crespin

Research and Policy Analyst

Kathryn Piper Crespin is a Research and Policy Analyst for the Demographics Research Group. She received a Master of Science degree in Demography from Florida State University. She enjoys writing about demography, and her training and interests include population forecasting as well as analysis, mapping, and visualization of population data. Prior to joining the Demographics Research Group, she worked as an epidemiologist for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Utah Department of Health. Kathryn earned her B.A. in English from Georgetown University and her M.S. in Demography from Florida State University.

Stephen Holzman

Research and Policy Analyst

Stephen Holzman is a Research and Policy Analyst for the Demographics Research Group. His research interests include population forecasting, fertility trends, and interactive data visualization. He favors a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and is an open science advocate. Stephen received his B.S. in Economics and M.S. in Demography, from Florida State University where he also worked for the College of Social Sciences IT department.