• Director, Demographic Research, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Adjunct Professor, Geography Department


  • Bachelor of Science, BS, University Of Tulsa
  • Doctor of Philosophy, PH D, University Of Utah


Pamela Perlich, Ph.D. is Director of Demographic Research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah where she leads the newly formed DemographyUTAH Team. In this role, she and her team are responsible for developing and producing population estimates and projections, neighborhood indicators, and demographic analyses focusing on Utah. Formerly she worked as a Senior Research Economist with the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, which has recently merged into The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Prior to joining BEBR, she worked in the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, concentrating on long run economic and demographic projections. She has researched, published, and taught on a wide range of topics over the course of her career. Although trained as an economist, she applies a multidisciplinary approach to develop data, modeling, and analysis that identifies ongoing demographic, economic and cultural transformations. The focus of her work is to illuminate these trends and the associated implications for the future, especially as they impact Utah. Her work highlights the great diversity in our communities and how these change over time. She is highly effective in communicating these ideas to a broad nontechnical audience, including ordinary residents as well as community leaders. She has received awards for teaching, publication, and public service. Her work in the community includes frequent speaking engagements for civic, education, governmental, corporate, and professional organizations. She often serves as a resource to the press, providing the Utah context for broader events. Pamela serves on numerous boards and commissions.

Recent publications include:

Pamela chairs the DemographyUTAH Population Committee, and is a member of the Envision Utah Steering Committee. She is also a member of the YWCA’s advisory Committee on the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative. She serves on Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission as well as his Women’s College Task Force. She is also on the Advisory Board of Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group.

 At the University she is a faculty in the Graduate Certificate in Demography and a member of the Center on Aging. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and B.S. in Economics and Business from the University of Tulsa.  Her hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma and she relocated to Utah in 1986.