Jennifer Johnson-Hanks

Associate Professor, Departments of Demography and Sociology
University of California, Berkeley

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

My work focuses on between population rates and social practice. How are
individual actions coordinated into stable population rates? Do population
rates have causes? What roles do individual intentions and strategies play
in the formation of rates? What is the social structure of intentions? How
is this structure transformed by the experience of pervasive uncertainty?
I approach these theoretical questions using a combination of ethnographic
and demographic methods. The empirical object of my work is kinship, and
particularly reproduction: childbearing, contraceptive use, abortion,
infertility, and infant mortality. I have written two books: "Uncertain
Honor: Modern Motherhood in an African Crisis" (2006) and (with Morgan,
Bachrach, and Kohler) "Explaining Family Change and Variation" (2011). I
am currently working on a book tentatively titled "Sex in Public:
Population and the paradox of choice

last updated: November 8th, 2012