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Dr. Luke is a social demographer whose research focuses on the role that social relationships play in shaping health and development outcomes in developing countries. Dr. Luke's work is interdisciplinary, incorporating theoretical and methodological insights from sociology, anthropology, economics, and public health. She has designed and directed several large-scale surveys as well as conducted numerous qualitative studies in multiple developing countries, including Kenya and India.
Nancy Luke is an associate professor of sociology at Brown University. At Brown, she is affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center, the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the International Health Institute. She received her Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Luke's research interests include social demography; social and economic exchange; family and gender; sexual, reproductive, and child health; migration and remittances; and Africa and South Asia.
Dr. Luke is a social demographer whose research focuses on the role that social relationships play in shaping health and development outcomes in developing countries. In particular, she studies the exchange of resources within familial relationships, including bargaining between spouses over the allocation of household resources in India and the exchange of psychosocial and economic support between migrant children and their families of origin in Kenya. With respect to nonfamilial relationships, she examines the exchange of money and gifts within nonmarital sexual partnerships (often referred to as "transacational sex") in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Luke's recent work concerns important health issues, such as sexual behavior and HIV risk, marital violence, son preference, and child nutrition.
Dr. Luke's research is interdisciplinary, incorporating theoretical and methodological insights from sociology, economics, anthropology, and public health. She has designed and directed several large-scale surveys as well as conducted qualitative studies in Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, India, and Vietnam. In support of her research, Dr. Luke has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the World Bank, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Dr. Luke's research appears in American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Population and Development Review, Population Studies, Journal of Marriage and Family, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Economics, and Studies in Family Planning among other journals and edited volumes.
Fellowship, RAND Summer Institute on Aging, 2005
Bell Fellowship, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, 2002-2003
School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1999-2000
Population Association of America Poster Prize, with I. Warriner and S.C. Watkins, 1997
NIH NICHD trainee, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, 1995-1999
German Academic Exchange Fellowship to Parliament, Bonn, Germany, 1991
Graduate Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1989-1991
Alumni Academic Scholarship, Miami University, 1983-1987
Ohio Regents Scholarship (declined), 1982-1986
American Field Service Exchange Student, Bergneustadt, Germany, 1982-1983
Valedictorian, Huron High School, Huron, Ohio, 1982
American Sociological Association
Population Association of America
Sociologists for Women in Society
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
Union for African Population Studies
Current Externally Funded Research Projects
01 HD058831-01, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
PI: Kaivan Munshi (with Nancy Luke, Soumya Swaminathan, Shantidani Minz, and Kenneth Mayer), 2010-2015, $2.35 million
"Using Community Participation to Improve the Health System in South India"
Completed Externally Funded Research Projects
R21 HD053587-01, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
PI: Nancy Luke (with Shelley Clark and Eliya Zulu), 2006-2009, $266,053
"Using Relationship Calendars to Improve Sexual Behavior Data among Kenyan Couples"
R01 HD046940-01A1, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
PI: Kaivan Munshi (Luke co-PI), 2004-2008; $607,500
"Female Income and Family Welfare in India"
The World Bank
PI: Nancy Luke (with Kaivan Munshi), 2004-2006; $25,000
"Response to Sexual Risk in a High HIV/AIDS Environment"
Academy for Educational Development
PI: Nancy Luke, 2002-2004; $85,000
"Links between Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Vietnam"
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
PI: Kaivan Munshi (Luke co-PI), 2002-2004; $36,600
"Intra-household Income Inequality and Conflict: Testing an Economic Model of Domestic Violence in Kerala, India"
PI: David Lindstrom (Luke Investigator), 2001-2004
"Improving Reproductive Health in Ethiopia"