David A. Swanson

Posting Citizen Journalist • Member since Mar 31, 2020

David A. Swanson is Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor 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). In addition to serving as an expert witness and testifying before Congress, state legislatures and local government bodies, he has produced over 120 refereed sole- and co-authored journal articles and 11 books, mainly dealing with demography. He also has edited or co-edited six additional books. Google Scholar shows more than 6,900 citations to his work. In addition to two Fulbright grants, he has received many other academic and professional grants and awards. He is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and an elected Fellow of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. Aided by the G.I. Bill, he earned his B.Sc. from Western Washington State College (now known as Western Washington University) and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i.

Articles by David A. Swanson

Dementors attack the Sehome Neighborhood

By David A. SwansonOn Dec 08, 2023

"Sweet Jesus,” shrieked the thralls of the Sehomus Republic,as ABC the Yochlowitz,successor to GorgoPacificus the Destroyer,forced them to call upon the nomadic advocatusto loose the girdle of [...]

Don’t Be Manipulated by Misleading Data

By David A. SwansonOn Nov 19, 2023

As Bellingham struggles with skyrocketing rents, any effort toward a solution requires we start with facts: We can’t solve a problem without knowing its exact nature. One variable in [...]

How Would Abortion Ban Impact Whatcom County?

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 17, 2023

With the possibility of a nationwide ban on abortion becoming law, I decided to explore some of the potential demographic and social effects on Whatcom County. This article is not [...]

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