Elizabeth Frankenberg


Ph.D., Sociology
Director, Carolina Population Center


CPC Office: 123 W Franklin St, Room 2173
CPC Phone Number: (919) 962-6092

Dr. Frankenberg's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Frankenberg’s research focuses on individual and family response to change and the role of community, broadly construed, in individual behaviors and outcomes. In addition to these substantive interests, two cross-cutting themes are inherent in her research: health status as a critical dimension of well-being and the close integration of methods and data. She has invested heavily in developing and implementing innovative and ambitious designs for data collection to support her own research and that of the scientific and policy communities more broadly. These investments center on three projects: the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), The Worker Iron Status Evaluation (WISE), and the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR). The STAR project, which assesses the social, economic, demographic, and health impacts of the December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, has been hailed as the strongest large-scale study ever done to measure population-level response to a disaster over a long period of time.

Dr. Frankenberg’s connection to Indonesia dates back to her days as a geography major at UNC, where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She spent the summer before her senior year in Indonesia collecting data for her honors thesis on transmigration. She went on to complete an M.P.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a PhD in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, where her doctoral dissertation focused on infant and childhood mortality in Indonesia. She has held social science staff positions at RAND, faculty appointments in the Departments of Sociology and Community Health Sciences at UCLA, and faculty appointments in the Sanford School of Public Policy and in Sociology at Duke.

Dr. Frankenberg has played a central role in the population research community. Her work intersects with scholars across a number of disciplines, including demography, sociology, economics, geography, and public health. She has served in various leadership roles in the Population Association of America and was elected to the Board of Directors, the Publications Committee, and to serve as Vice-President. She has also served as a study section member on the Population Sciences Subcommittee at NICHD and is in her second stint on the Editorial Board of Demography.

Information updated on 1/23/2018

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