Clemens Noelke


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Office: Heller-Brown Building 353
Phone: 781 736 8748
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Social Stratification/Inequality, Social Policy, Population Health, Quantitative Methods


  • University of Mannheim
  • University of Mannheim
  • Jacobs University Bremen

Clemens Noelke



Clemens Noelke is the research director for the project at the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

For, Noelke supervises research activities and development of data products. He led the development of the Child Opportunity Index 2.0, the leading index of neighborhood opportunity for children in the U.S. Trained as a quantitative sociologist with a focus on labor markets and population health, his research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Journal of Epidemiology, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Pediatrics, Environmental Research and European Sociological Review. Noelke’s work has also been featured in national and international media, including Axios, CNN, The New York Times, NPR, Politico, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Globe and Mail, and The Economist.

Prior to joining, Noelke was a David E. Bell postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds doctorate and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Mannheim, Germany and a bachelor’s degree from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. He was a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and received the Early Career Research Investigator Award from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.


  • Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores, Clemens Noelke, Nancy McArdle, Nomi Sofer, Erin F. Hardy, Michelle Weiner, Mikyung Baek, Nick Huntington, Rebecca Huber, and Jason Reece. "Racial and Ethnic Inequities In Children’s Neighborhoods: Evidence From The New Child Opportunity Index 2.0." Health Affairs 39. 10 (2021): 1693–1701.
  • Noelke, Clemens. "Infant Mortality Prediction using Birth Certificate Data." Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. (2021).
  • Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores, Clemens Noelke, and Nancy McArdle. "The Geography of Child Opportunity: Why Neighborhoods Matter for Equity – First Findings from the Child Opportunity Index 2.0." (2020)
  • Noelke, Clemens, Nancy McArdle, Mikyung Baek, Nick Huntington, Rebecca Huber, Erin Hardy, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. "Child Opportunity Index 2.0 Technical Documentation." (2020)
  • Noelke, Clemens, Yu-Han Chen, Theresa L Osypuk, and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. "Economic Downturns and Inequities in Birth Outcomes: Evidence from 149 Million US Births." American Journal of Epidemiology 188. 6 (2019): 1092–1100.
  • Noelke, Clemens and Jason Beckfield. "Job security provisions and work hours." Acta Sociologica 60. 3 (2017): 246-261.
  • Noelke, Clemens, Mark McGovern, Daniel Corsi, Marcia Jimenez, Ari Stern, Ian Sue Wing and Lisa Berkman. "Increasing ambient temperature reduces emotional well-being." Environmental Research 151. November 2016 (2016): 124-129.
  • Noelke, Clemens. "Employment Protection Legislation and the Youth Labor Market." European Sociological Review 32. 4 (2016): 471-485.