Department of Demography, UC Berkeley
2232 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720 USA
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My research focuses on the three-way relationship between social structures, individual action, and demographic rates, asking for example: What is the social structure of intentions? How do intentions relate to action, particularly under conditions of uncertainty? How are individual actions coordinated into stable demographic rates? And what is the role of culture in understanding social structure and demographic rates?
The empirical object of my work is reproduction: childbearing, contraceptive use, abortion, and infertility. I have worked primarily in Cameroon and the US. My first book is called Uncertain Honor: Modern Motherhood in an African Crisis. My second book, Understanding Family Change and Variation: Toward a Theory of Conjunctural Action is coauthored with Chris Bachrach, Phil Morgan, and Hans-Peter Kohler. I am currently working on a third book, tentatively titled “Sex in Public: Population and the Paradox of Choice.”