Susan E. Short

Susan E. Short

Brown University

Susan E. Short is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brown University. Her current research, which draws on survey as well as ethnographic data, focuses on social welfare and its articulation with social change.

Two on-going projects illustrate this interest. The first explores the implications of China's one-child policy for family life and individual well-being; the second examines family disruption and reorganization in the context of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa, and associated implications for child well-being. In support of this research, Prof. Short has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Prof. Short's published work includes articles on fertility and reproductive health, household economic processes, women's work and child care, child well-being, and mixed methods research. Recent publications include "Use of Maternal Health Services in Rural China" in Population Studies (2004) with Fengyu Zhang, and "Second Births and the Second Shift: A Research Note on Gender Equity and Fertility" (2004) in Population and Development Review with Berna Miller Torr. 

She holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Read the abstract of the paper Professor Short presented for STI's Whither the Child? experts meeting.