Brian Thiede

Brian Thiede

PhD Candidate


Current Research

Brian Thiede is a PhD candidate in the Department of Development Sociology. His research examines social and spatial stratification in contexts of environmental and macro-structural change; patterns of population mobility related to environmental change; and poverty.

Brian’s dissertation examines the impact of environmental shocks on within-community social and economic inequality in rural Ethiopia. This project draws upon household survey and interview data collected during the spring of 2013, as well as the Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey and an agro-climatology dataset developed by NASA.

Brian is involved in a number of other research projects, including a study of how social networks mediate environment-driven migration in Indonesia and an assessment of how infrastructure development has affected ethnic inequality in rural Vietnam. He is also working on U.S.-based projects, including studies of working poverty in the U.S., changing educational attainment among Mexican-American youth, and spatial inequality related to the Great Recession.

His previous work has examined evacuation outcomes during Hurricane Katrina, U.S. food aid policy, climate change adaptation, and the effect of cash transfers of child nutritional outcomes in Niger.

Fieldwork Location

Ethiopia, Uganda

Committee Members

David Brown, Development Sociology; Max Pfeffer, Development Sociology; Daniel Lichter, Policy Analysis and Management, Sociology; Chris Barrett, Applied Economics and Management, Economics.