Andrés Felipe Castro Torres

Office Address: 

249 McNeil


  • Hans-Peter Kohler and Frank Furstenberg were recently awarded funds from the National Science Foundation for the Global Family Change Project. The project has collaborators at Oxford University, Bocconi University, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona and includes Penn GGD students Luca Maria Pesando & Andrés Felipe Castro Torres, and new PSC associate Pilar Gonalons-Pons. Read more about the project in the Penn Current.
  • Andres Castro is this year's Nancy Fariss Paper Award recipient for best paper in Latin American and Latino Studies written by a current graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. Candidate, Demography & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

MA, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
MS, Statistics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2012
BA, Sociology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2012
BEng, Industrial Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2010

Entered Program: 
Dissertation Chair: 
Herbert L. Smith
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Frank F. Furstenberg
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Emilio Alberto Parrado

I am Ph.D. candidate in Demography and Sociology. I am interested in the relationship between demographic processes and social reproduction. I worked on the relationship between Armed Internal Conflict and fertility in Colombia showing how different levels of exposure to violence may affect fertility outcomes in context of weak institutional conditions. I also worked on a historical comparison of fertility decline among six Latin American countries during the second half of the 20th century. This latter work uses a class perspective to explain fertility differentials across and within countries. Results challenge explanations of fertility decline based on the notion of modernization/development as the main driver of fertility decline and emphasize the role of social structure in shaping fertility trends.

I am currently working on transition to childbearing in the U.S. This research focuses on the role of childlessness, immigration and fertility intentions on racial and ethnic differences in the timing of the first birth. This project had led me to broader my research interests towards issues of transition to adulthood within a lifecycle perspective and the potential differences across social classes.