Lucky Tedrow

Director, Center for Social Science Instruction; Demographic Research Laboratory

BS, MA, Western Washington University

(360) 650-3176

AH 501a

2:30-3:30 M&W and by appt.

Current Courses

Soc 426 Advanced Topics in Demography

Lucky Tedrow is Director, Center for Social Science Instruction, (CSSI), Demographic Research Laboratory, (DRL), Department of Sociology. After graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, valuable applied experience was acquired at the Forecasting Division, OFM, State of Washington. Additional training was obtained at the University of Washington where he worked on a research contract on mathematical models of fertility distributions funded by NICHD. Professor Tedrow was a Professional Associate at the East-West Population Institute, University of Hawaii; a Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas-Austin Population Research Center; and a YSSP participant at IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

As Director of the Demographic Research Laboratory in the Sociology department he has secured cutting-edge resources for student and faculty research. Several grants for computer equipment through university funds, Western's Student Technology Fee competition 1998, 2002 and 2007, Apple Computer, Inc., and the National Science Foundation have kept the Center & Laboratory with up-to-date technology over the last quarter century. Strategically equipped for a regional university with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, Professor Tedrow has regularly sponsored student research presentations at undergraduate conferences; a student demography scholarship and has been Principal Investigator on six National Science Foundation 'Research Experiences for Undergraduates' site programs [1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1999] on "Applied Demographic Research on Migration". Over the past 15 years, Professor Tedrow was Co-Principal Investigator with Professor Teachman on several grants: PDF icon "Determinants and Consequences of Military Service: 1940-1988"; PDF icon Military Service and Patterns of Marriage, Cohabitation, and Union Dissolution"Impact of Military Service on Health"(PDF), all funded by the National Science Foundation; and “Stimulating Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research in Population and Health” funded by the National Institute on Aging (2007, 2008). The most recent grant (7/1/12-6/30/15) was "Military Service and Troubled Behavior" funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Selected Publications


2015.  “Exploring Stable Population Concepts from the Perspective of Cohort Change Ratios: Estimating the Time to Stability and Intrinsic r from Initial Information and Components of Change.” (Forthcoming) in R. Schoen (ed.).  Dynamic Demographic Analysis. Springer B.V. Press. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, and New York. (with D. Swanson and J. Baker).

2015.  “Blended Families.”  (Forthcoming) in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition. (with P. Hemez* and J. Teachman.

2013. “Demographic Changes:  Age at First Marriage.” Forthcoming in L. Ganong, M. Coleman, and J. Golson.  The Social History of the American Family.  (with J. Teachman and C. Anderson).

2013.  “Demography of the Family.”  In G. Peterson and K. Bush, Handbook of Marriage and the Family.  New York. Springer. (with J. Teachman and G. Kim).

2008.  “The Demography of Stepfamilies in the United States.”  Pp. 3-29 in J. Pryor (ed.), International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Spheres.  New York:  John Wiley and Sons. (with J. Teachman).

2005.  “Future Demographic Trends in Divorce.”  Pp. 59-82 in M. Fine and J. Harvey (eds.), Handbook of Divorce and Relationship Dissolution.  New York: Lawrence Ehrlbaum.  (with J. Teachman and M. Hall).

2001. "West Indians and the Residential Landscape of New York City" in Nancy Foner (ed.) West Indian Migration to New York: Historical, Comparative, and Transnational Perspectives. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. (with K. Crowder).


2015. “The Relationship between Military Service and Childbearing for Men and Women.” Sociological Perspectives 58:595-608 (with J. Teachman and C. Anderson).

2015. “Military Service and Alcohol Use in the United States.” Armed Forces & Society 41:460-476. (with J. Teachman and C. Anderson).

2014.  “Delinquent Behavior, the Transition to Adulthood, and the Likelihood of Military Enlistment.”  Social Science Research 45:46-55.  (with J. Teachman).

2013.  “Exploring Stable Population Concepts from the Perspective of Cohort Change Ratios.” The Open Demography Journal (2013)(6) (with D. Swanson).

2013. “Veteran Status and Body Weight: A Longitudinal Fixed-Effects Approach.” Population Research and Policy Review 32:199-220. (with J. Teachman).

2012. “Using Cohort Change Ratios to Estimate Life Expectancy in Populations with Negligible Migration: A New Approach.” Canadian Studies in Population 39: 83-90. (with D. Swanson).

2011. “Using Cohort Change Ratios to Estimate Life Expectancy in Populations Closed to Migration: A New Approach.” Actuarial Research Clearing House Newsletter 2011.1 (with D. Swanson). (available online at

Research Interests

  • Computer applications
  • Social and applied demography

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