Our featured faculty member this month is Fiona Griffiths, Professor of Medieval European History. Fiona earned her PhD from Cambridge University and came to Stanford in 2013, having taught previously at New York University and Smith College. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London). At Stanford, she serves as Co-Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS).
Policy-makers in the world's poorest countries are often forced to make decisions based on limited data. Consider Angola, which recently conducted its first postcolonial census. In the 44 years that elapsed between the prior census and the recent one, the country's population grew from 5.6 million to 24.3 million, and the country experienced a protracted civil war that displaced millions of citizens.