Rachel Franklin joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2010. She is Associate Director of Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) initiative.
Franklin’s research is centered on the interaction between geography and demography, from spatial analysis methods for population change to migration to the evolution of population composition. Her current funded research focuses on the measurement, impacts, and demographic sources of population loss in the United States and Europe. Other ongoing work investigates the impacts of college student migration on human capital distribution in the U.S., as well as the shifting geographical patterns of racial/ethnic diversity across U.S. counties and states. Franklin has also published on migration trends and data in the United States, as well as regional fertility change in Italy.
Franklin edits the journal, Geographical Analysis. In addition, she is the former book review editor of the Journal of Regional Science and the executive director of the Western Regional Science Association.