Jennifer D. Sciubba

President and CEO


Jennifer D. Sciubba, Ph.D., is a leading expert in political demography. As President and CEO of PRB, she provides leadership, strategic direction, and vision for the organization, with the goal of expanding the impact and relevance of its work. Dr. Sciubba aims to strengthen resource mobilization capacities, increase organizational visibility, and facilitate innovation and creativity in PRB’s work and culture.

At a time when reliable, unbiased data are crucial to informing policies and programs that affect people’s well-being, Dr. Sciubba draws on her expertise in political demography and research translation to adeptly communicate the importance of population trends and issues to a wide audience. Whether writing for The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and The Washington Post; publishing policy-relevant research in scholarly articles and edited books; or speaking on the TED stage or to community groups, Dr. Sciubba distills population data into actionable insights that experts, media, policymakers, and the public can understand the importance of and use to make decisions.

Throughout her career, Dr. Sciubba has asserted that a deeper understanding of fertility, mortality, and migration trends points us toward the investments we need to make today to shape the future we want tomorrow. This approach is the central theme of her latest book, 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World (W.W. Norton 2022). She brings this evidence-based, forward-looking approach to bear on PRB’s mission to use population data to inform and advance solutions to urgent challenges facing our world today and improve the welfare of people everywhere.

Dr. Sciubba has studied at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, and served as a demographics consultant to the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. She has been affiliated with the Wilson Center and the Hess Center for New Frontiers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, both in Washington, DC. She is formerly a tenured professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Dr. Sciubba is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Council on Foreign Relations and served on PRB’s Board of Trustees from 2019 to early 2024, in roles ranging from the Chair of Governance and Nominating Committee to Vice Chair of the Board. She received her Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of Maryland and her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College.

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Pronunciation of Sciubba: Shoo-ba (rhymes with “tuba”)

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Featured Media

The Truth About Human Population Decline, TED Talk (2023)

“Birthrates Are Plummeting Around the World. Why?” The Ezra Klein Show, The New York Times (March 19, 2024)

Webinar: Responding to Demographic Trends, Council on Foreign Relations (Jan. 18, 2024)

“Stop Trying to Make More Babies,” The Hill op-ed (May 7, 2023)

“8 Billion Humans and Counting: What It Means for the Planet’s Future,” NPR (Jan. 11, 2023)

Book Event: Jennifer Sciubba’s 8 Billion and Counting, Center for Strategic and International Studies (May 5, 2022)

“Where Does All That Hate We Feel Come From?” The New York Times (April 27, 2022)

“One Billion More,” Author Talks, McKinsey & Co. (April 21, 2022)

“The Mistaken Assumption That Immigration Is Inevitable,” The Atlantic (March 31, 2022)

“A Low Birthrate Was Supposed to Weaken Russia. What Happened?The New York Times (March 23, 2022)

“8 Billion and Counting,” Book TV, C-SPAN (March 12, 2022)