Catherine Fitch

MPC Associate Director
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Research Interests and Project Expertise

Family Demography; Historical Demography; Social Science Data and Infrastructure


I have worked for the MPC since its inception in 2000, and prior to that I worked as a graduate research assistant on the Historical Census Projects in the History Department. I am now the Associate Director of the MPC 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.

Selected Publications

Sheela Kennedy and Catherine A. Fitch. 2012. “Measuring cohabiting families in the United States: Assessing the impact of new data from the Current Population Survey” Demography 49(4): 1479-1498. PMCID: 3496021.

Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Miriam L. King, Carolyn Liebler, and Catherine A. Fitch, “IPUMS Redesign,” Historical Methods 36:1 (Winter 2003), 9-21.

Catherine A. Fitch and Steven Ruggles, “Building the National Historical Geographic Information System,” Historical Methods 36:1 (Winter 2003), 41-60.

Catherine A. Fitch and Samuel L. Myers, Jr., “Testing the Survivalist Entrepreneurship Model.” Social Science Quarterly, 81:4 (2000): 985-991.