I’m Neal Marquez , a Statistical Demographer focused on studying geographic variation in Hispanic Population processes.

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Selected Publications

There is an increasing focus on reducing inequalities in health outcomes in developing countries. Subnational variation is of particular interest, with geographic data used to understand the spatial risk of detrimental outcomes and to identify who is at greatest risk. While some health surveys provide observations with associated geographic coordinates, many others provide data that have their locations masked and instead only report the strata within which the data resides. How to harmonize these data sources for spatial analysis has seen previously considered though no method has been agreed upon and comparison of the validity of methods are lacking. In this paper, we present a new method for analyzing masked survey data alongside traditional geolocated data, using a method that is consistent with the data generating process. Read the full article here.

Since 2000, many countries have achieved considerable success in improving child survival, but localized progress remains unclear. To inform efforts towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3.2—to end preventable child deaths by 2030—we need consistently estimated data at the subnational level regarding child mortality rates and trends. Read the full article here.

In light of the ongoing events of the Syrian Civil War, many governments have shifted the focus of their hospitality efforts from providing temporary shelter to sustaining this new long-term population. In Turkey, a heightened focus has been placed on the encouragement of integration of Syrian refugees into Turkish culture, through the dismantling of Syrian refugee-only schools in Turkey and attempts to grant refugees permanent citizenship, among other strategies. Read the full article here.



Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública

Research Analyst

January 15, 2017 – April 1, 2017 Cuernavaca, Morelos
Analyzed spatial inequalities of mortality and morbidity within selected Latin American countries using Bayesian Hierarchical modeling methodologies.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Research Analyst and Fellow

August 1, 2014 – September 1, 2019 Seattle, Washington
Working alongside an international team of global health researchers I worked to build flexible statistical tools that I and other researchers could use to estimate varing levels of mortaility across the globe.

National Institute of Child Health and Development

Research Technician

February 1, 2012 – August 1, 2014 Bethesda, Maryland
Primary data collection across the biometric spectrum. NICHD also gave me the independent space to grow into a statistician.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

A brief review of how the US Census Bureau’s implementation of epsilon differential privacy will effect geographic analysis.

Though net migration of Mexican nationals into the United States is near zero, there is a continued geographic redistribution of the population.

An introduction to the US Census’s implementation of differential privacy.


Connect with me

  • Savery Hall Room 250, University of Washington, Chelan Ln, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Monday 3:00 to 4:30
    Thursday 10:30 to 11:20