Marida Hollos

Professor of Anthropology


Marida Hollos joined Brown University in 1974 and the PSTC in 1985. Her research has examined issues of fertility, sexual behavior, childhood, adolescence, and gender in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Hungary. 

Hollos's recent research has addressed questions of fertility decline and infertility. She completed a project on fertility decline among the Pare of northern Tanzania and then turned her focus to the problem of infertility among the Pare and among the Ijo of southern Nigeria. She investigated how local meanings of infertility are shaped by the prevalence, social, and cultural contexts of infertility and how they influence community responses, life experiences, and infertility seeking behaviors. This research was conducted in collaboration with Oka Obono, a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at Brown and lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, as well as with Ulla Larsen of Harvard University and Bruce Whitehouse, a Brown post-doctoral fellow, currently associate professor at Lehigh University.

In Hungary, Hollos investigated factors associated with low fertility and the meaning of children. She collaborated with Laura Bernardi of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Hollos’ research was supported by the National Science Foundation and by the National Institutes of Health.

Selected Publications

2014 Women in limbo: Life course consequences of infertility in a Nigerian Community. Invited article for the special issue on: A Life Course Approach To Human Reproduction. Human Fertility (with Bruce Whitehouse).       

2014 Women, childless mothers and honorary mothers in two Southern Nigerian Communities. Medical Anthropology Quarterly (with Bruce Whitehouse).

2009 Childbearing in times of uncertainty: Young couples narratives from Hungary. Demografia 52(1):5-31 (with Laura Bernardi).


Childlessness, Fertility, Infertility, Motherhood, Nigeria, Post-socialist countries, Tanzania