Rachel Franklin

The North American Regional Science Council is pleased to announce Rachel Franklin as recipient of the 2015 David Boyce Award.  NARSC gives the prize annually to a leading member of the association who has played an essential role through service contributions to regional science organizations. Rachel is Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) and Associate Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences at Brown University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona in 2004.

Rachel has an exceptional record of service in support of regional science activities. She serves as NARSC representative to RSAmericas (2014-2016) and as an ex-officio member of the NARSC council. As program chair, Rachel organized the 62nd Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International in 2015. Moreover, she serves the Executive Director of the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA). She is widely recognized for her essential role in organizing the WRSA’s outstanding annual meetings, including the 2016 meeting in Hawaii. In addition, Rachel is the book review editor for the Journal of Regional Science.

Rachel’s published research is devoted to understanding migration and spatial demography in the United States and Europe.  Her work encompasses studies of the distribution of human capital, college student migration, and the minority homeownership gap in the United States. In the Sociology Department at Brown, she teaches courses on geographic information systems and the geographical analysis of society.

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