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Our Researchers

Our researchers produce innovations that keep our economic and social statistics efficient and relevant. Census researchers engage in challenging and rewarding work in a wide variety of fields. Researchers present their findings in working papers, publications, and reports, and in contributions at professional meetings.

Nikolas Daniel Pharris-Ciurej 
Asisstant Center Chief for Demographic Research 
Center for Economic Studies 

Contact Information

  • 301-763-8924  
  • nikolas.d.pharris-ciurej@census.gov  

Fields of Interest

  • Demography  
  • Education  
  • Race & Ethnicity  
  • Methods  


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington-Seattle, 2010  
  • B.A., Sociology, Seattle University, 1999  

Professional Experience

  • Asisstant Center Chief for Demographic Research, U.S. Census Bureau, 2019-Present  
  • Lead for the Survey and Economic Research Group, U.S. Census Bureau, 2018-2019  
  • Senior Demographer, U.S. Census Bureau, 2016-2018  
  • Statistician, Food and Drug Administration-Center for Tobacco Products, 2012-2016  
  • Research Associate, University of Washington-Seattle, 2010-2012  

Professional Associations

  • Population Association of America
  • American Sociological Association
  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • American Educational Research Association

Selected Publications

  • Pharris-Ciurej, Nikolas Daniel. 2018. "Is Free and Reduced-Price Lunch a Valid Measure of Educational Disadvantage? ." Off Site Educational Researcher, 47 (9), 539-555.
  • Pharris-Ciurej, Nikolas Daniel. 2017. "Tobacco-Product Use by Adults and Youths in the United States in 2013 and 2014." Off Site New England Journal of Medicine, 2017; 376:342-353.
  • Hyland, Andrew , Bridget K. Ambrose, Kevin Conway, Nicolette Borek, Elizabeth Lambert, Charles Carusi, Kristie Taylor, Scott Crosse, Geoffrey T. Fong, K Michael Cummings, David Abrams, John P. Pierce, James Sargent, Karen Messer, Maansi Bansal-Travers, Ray Niaura, Donna Vallone, David Hammond, Nahla Hilmi, Jonathan Kwan, Andrea Piesse, Graham Kalton, Sharon Lohr, Nikolas Daniel Pharris-Ciurej, Victoria Castleman, Victoria R. Green, Greta Tessman, Annette Kaufman, Charles Lawrence, Dana m. van Bemmel, Heather L. Kimmel, Ben Blount, Ling Yang, Barbara O'Brien, Cindy Tworek, Derek Alberding, Lynn C. Hull, Yu-Ching Cheng, David Maklan, Cathy L. Backinger, and Wilson M. Compton. 2016. "Design and methods of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study." Tobacco Control.
  • Hirschman, Charles and Nikolas Daniel Pharris-Ciurej. 2016. "The University of Washington-Beyond High School Project: Data and Description." In From High School to College: Gender, Immigrant Generation, and Race-Ethnicity, ed. Charles Hirschman, New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Hirschman, Charles and Nikolas Daniel Pharris-Ciurej. 2016. "Recent Trends in College Graduation: The National Portrait." In From High School to College: Gender, Immigrant Generation, and Race-Ethnicity, ed. Charles Hirschman, New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Strong, David , Karen Messer, Sheri J. Hartman, Martha M. White, Wilson Compton, Kevin Conway, Nikolas Daniel Pharris-Ciurej, Allison Hoffman, and John P. Pierce. 2015. "Measurement of multiple nicotine dependence domains among cigarette, non-cigarette and poly-tobacco users: Insights from item response theory." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 152: 185-193.
  • Pharris-Ciurej, Nikolas Daniel, Charles Hirschman, and Joseph Willhoft. 2012. "The 9th grade shock and the high school dropout crisis." Social Science Research, 41(3): 709-730.
  • Pharris-Ciurej, Nikolas Daniel, Jerald R. Herting, and Charles Hirschman. 2012. "The impact of the promise of scholarships and altering school structure on college plans, preparation, and enrollment." Social Science Research, 41(4): 920-935.
  • Cook, Linda S., Noel S. Weiss, Nikolas Daniel Pharris-Ciurej, Steven M. Schwartz, and E. White. 2001. "Colorectal cancer following tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer (United States)." Colorectal cancer following tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer (United States), 12(5): 405-410.
  • Pharris-Ciurej, Nikolas Daniel, Linda S. Cook, and Noel S. Weiss. 1999. "Incidence of testicular cancer in the United States: has the epidemic begun to abate?" American journal of epidemiology, 150 (1): 45-46.

Approved on: November 13, 2020
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