Biography of Victoria Velkoff
Victoria Velkoff began her career at the Census Bureau in 1991 and has been chief of the Aging Studies Branch since 1999. Her research focuses on the impact of aging populations worldwide, gender issues, and collection, analysis, and dissemination of demographic data. Her most recent publication is 65+ in the United States: 2005 and her other publications include, An Aging World: 2001, Centenarians in the United States: 1990, and Aging in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, as well as several articles and book chapters. Dr. Velkoff represents the Census Bureau on the Federal Forum for Aging-Related Statistics and has contributed to their publications on older Americans. Currently, Dr. Velkoff is examining the demographics of aging in Sub-Saharan Africa with an emphasis on the impact of AIDS. She is also working on implementing sample vital registration systems that utilize verbal autopsies in selected sub-Saharan African countries in order to obtain data on adult mortality by causes.
Dr. Velkoff has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University. She has a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. In 2004, Dr. Velkoff received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for her work on sample vital registration in developing countries.