Narayan Sastry

Research Professor, PSC
Research Professor, SRC-Quantitative Methods
Narayan Sastry


Narayan Sastry received a BA in Geography and a BS in Economics from the University of Kansas, an AM in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Public Affairs and Demography from Princeton University. Sastry is a Research Professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center, in addition to serving as Associate Director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, all at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR).He is also an Adjunct Senior Social Scientist (and was previously the Associate Director of two significant programs) at the RAND Corporation before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2006.

Dr. 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. He also studies the demographic effects of disasters, with a focus on Hurricane Katrina. Another focus of his work is survey research design and methods.

In addition to his role as Associate Director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), Dr. Sastry directs the PSID Child Development Supplement and the PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement. He is the Co-Director of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey and the Director of the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey that was designed to study the long-term demographic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the pre-storm population of New Orleans.