I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania, working on the Global Family Change (GFC) project funded by the National Science Foundation. Before joining Penn, I was a guest lecturer in the Department of International Development and a PhD student in Demography in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
My research lies in the areas of demography, health, international development and social statistics. My main interest is in fertility, family change and sexual and reproductive health, in particular in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. In my research, I primarily use Demographic and Health Surveys, Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys and Population and Housing Censuses and apply a wide range of quantitative research methods.
In my PhD thesis, I explored topics related to contraceptive use dynamics and unintended childbearing, trends in the timing of childbearing and cohort fertility as well as socioeconomic differences in reproductive behavior during the Latin American fertility transition. Within the GFC project, I focus on studying the variation and gender differences in transition to adulthood, the relationship between social and economic inequality and reproductive behavior as well as the consequences of policy changes on population dynamics in low-and middle-income countries. My latest research also focuses on topics related to abortion and female genital mutilation/cutting in Latin America, Africa and Asia.