George Alter is Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center, Institute of Social Research also at the University of Michigan. George Alter's research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history. He is particularly interested in methods for reconstructing and analyzing life histories from longitudinal data. Dr. Alter has recently participated in two cross-national comparative projects. The "Eurasia Project" examines demographic responses to economic stress in five societies in Europe and East Asia. The "Early Life Conditions" project asks whether experiences in childhood have long-run effects on health in old age. Dr. Alter was an originator of the Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data workshop.