Narayan Sastry

Adjunct Senior Social Scientist
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in public affairs and demography, Princeton University


Narayan Sastry is an adjunct senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is also a research professor in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. Sastry has been at the University of Michigan since 2006. He was previously a senior social scientist at RAND and associate director of RAND Labor and Population and the RAND Population Research Center. Sastry's research interests center on studying the social and spatial dimensions of health, development, and well-being of children and adolescents, both in the United States and in less developed countries. Sastry is the codirector of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS). He is the director of the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS) that is studying the long-term demographic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the pre-storm population of New Orleans. Sastry also serves as an associate director on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Sastry received his Ph.D. in demography and public affairs from Princeton University in 1995.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Research Professor, University of Michigan

Recent Projects

  • Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey
  • Displaced New Orleans Residents Pilot Study

Selected Publications

Kevin McCarthy et al., The Repopulation of New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina, RAND Corporation (TR-369), 2006

D. A. Cohen et al., "Collective Efficacy and Obesity: The Potential Influence of Social Factors on Health," Social Science and Medicine, 2005

J. Prentice et al., "Immigration Status and Health Insurance Coverage: Who Gains? Who Loses?" American Journal of Public Health, 95(1), 2005

N. Sastry et al., "The Design of a Multilevel Survey of Children, Families, and Communities: The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study," Social Science Research, 2005

N. Sastry and S. Burgard, "The Prevalence of Diarrheal Disease Among Brazilian Children: Trends and Differen-tials from 1986 to 1996," Social Science and Medicine, 60(5), 2005

N. Sastry, "Urbanization, Development, and Under-Five Mortality Differentials by Place of Residence in São Paulo, Brazil, 1970-1991," Demographic Research, Special Collection 2, 2004