Susan E. Short

Director of the Population Studies and Training Center
Professor of Sociology

Office: 112 Mencoff Hall
Tel: (401) 863-6184
Fax: (401) 863-3351


Susan E. Short joined the PSTC and Brown University in 1997. In 2000, she was appointed Associate Director of the PSTC and served two terms (2000-2003 and 2004-2006).  During this period, she served as the NIH T32 Training Director and PI of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award to the Center in support of research and training.

Short’s research examines changing social and political environments and their implications for family dynamics, gender, health, and well-being.  She has examined economic reform and the one child policy in China, the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, and changes in the organization of women’s work and parenting in the U.S.  Her recent work integrates social and biological perspectives to investigate the processes through which social experiences are embodied over the life course, producing variation in health and well-being. Short’s research has been funded by the NIH (R01, R03), the NSF, and the Mellon Foundation. 

Short is an active member of the Population Association of America and has served on the Association’s Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, and Dorothy Thomas Award Committee.

Selected Publications

Xu, Hongwei, John Logan, and Susan E. Short. 2014. “Integrating Space with Place in Health Research: A Multilevel Spatial Investigation Using Child Mortality in 1880 Newark, New Jersey.” Demography, 51(3):811-834.

Short, Susan E., Y. Claire Yang, and Tania M. Jenkins. 2013. “Sex, Gender, Genetics, and Health.” American Journal of Public Health, 103(S1):S93-S101.

Harrison, Abigail, Susan E. Short, and Maletela Tuoane-Nkhasi. 2013. "Re-Focusing the Gender Lens: Caregiving Women, Family Roles and HIV/AIDS Vulnerability in Lesotho." AIDS and Behavior.


China, Family, Gender, Inequality, Lesotho, Reproductive health, Research methods, Social genomics