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Ernesto Amaral

Ernesto Amaral
Associate Professor
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Leadership Position
Director of Graduate Admissions
Degree From
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
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Research Interests

  • Social Demography
  • Migration
  • Public Policy Analysis

Courses Taught at Texas A&M

  • SOCI 312: Population and Society
  • SOCI 320: Demographic Methods
  • SOCI 420: Advanced Methods of Social Research
  • SOCI 622: Social Demography
  • SOCI 632: Migration


My research is related to social demography, migration, and public policy analysis. My teaching interests include demography, migration, methods and social statistics, and public policy analysis. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, I was an associate sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School from 2014 to 2017. I served as an assistant/associate professor in the Political Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil from 2009 to 2014. I received my PhD in sociology with a concentration in demography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, a master’s degree in demography from UFMG in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil in 2000.

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