Wilson Center Experts
Richard Cincotta is a demographer whose research has focused on the demographic transition’s influences on political, institutional and environmental conditions. He is the demographer-in-residence at the Stimson Center, and (most notably) has served as Director of Social Science and Demographic Programs in the National Intelligence Council’s Long Range Analysis Unit (2006-09) and as an AAAS Fellow in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (1992-1994). His publications on demographic topics have appeared in Foreign Policy, Current History, Nature and Science, and he has contributed to the National Intelligence Council's two most recent global futuring exercises, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds (2012), and Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World (2008). Dr. Cincotta is the current chair of the International Studies Association’s Political Demography and Geography Section. He trained as a population biologist, and is a graduate of Syracuse University/SUNY College of ESF (BS) and Colorado State University (MS, PhD).