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Population, Health, and Armed Conflict (PHAC) 2022

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Population, Health & Armed Conflict (PHAC) – Global Perspectives


June 17-18, 2022, The Asia Center, University of Utah

On June 17th and 18th, 2022, the University of Utah’s Asia Center will host a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, for scholars researching population, health and migration in global contexts affected by armed conflict and organized violence. The purpose of this conference is to support, discuss, disseminate and elevate the profile of scholarship on armed conflict, population and health, and to demonstrate the significance of PHAC globally. 

This symposium is supported by the Asia Center Title VI National Resource Center grant, the College of Social and Behavioral Science, and the Department of Sociology.

Symposium organizers: Professors Kim Korinek and Ming Wen, Department of Sociology, University of Utah (inquiries can be sent to:

PHAC Agenda

Friday June 17, 2022

If you would like to attend the Friday sessions in-person, please fill out the RSVP form.

If you are interested in viewing the sessions virtually, you may join via Zoom. (No RSVP required)

Session 1:
Session 2:
Session 3:

Passcode for all: PHAC617

All times listed are MDT.

9:00 am 

 Welcome and Opening Remarks


Session 1 

Session Presider: Sierra Young, Sociology Honors Major, University of Utah 

"Violence, Fear, and Resilience: A Study of Ethnocaste Differentials in Responses to Violence in Nepal" Nathalie Williams Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies at the University of Washington, and faculty affiliate at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology and the South Asia Center

"The Health Outcomes of Restricting Freedom of Movement in Armed Conflict"                                                         Yara Asi Assistant Professor, School of Global Health Management and Informatics, University of Central Florida

"Decision Making in Displacement: IDP and Refugee Timing, Destinations, and Return in Ukraine, 2014-2022"                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cindy Buckley Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



Coffee break


Session 2 –

Session Presider: Ming Wen, Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

"Parental Loss and Mental Health in post-Khmer-Rouge Cambodia"                                                                     Patrick Heuveline Professor in the Department of Sociology and International Institute and Associate Director of the California Center for Population Research at the University of California, Los Angeles

"Bombing Intensity and Mental Health: Results of the Vietnam Health and Aging Study"                               Yvette Young Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Utah, and Zachary Zimmer Professor, Department of Family Studies and Gerontology and Canada Research Chair in Global Aging and Community at Mount Saint Vincent University 

"Leaving No One Behind: Displaced Persons and SDG Indicators on Sexual and Reproductive Health" Rosanna Le Voir PhD Candidate, Department of Methodology, London School of Economics and Political Science





Session 3 

Session Presider: Sahlil Ahmed, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Utah

"War Epidemiology, with an Iraq Case Study"                                                                                                                             Amy Hagopian Professor, Global Health, Professor, Health Systems and Population Health, Director, Community Oriented Public Health Practice, University of Washington

"The Casualties of War: An Excess Mortality Estimate of Lives Lost in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict"   Orsola Torrisi PhD Candidate, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Lifetime Fertility Under the Context of the American War in Vietnam"                                                                       Kim Korinek Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Utah, and Nhung Tran PhD student of Sociology in Population and Health at the Department of Sociology, University of Utah 



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Last Updated: 6/13/22