Susan E. Short

Director of the PSTC
Professor of Sociology
Susan E. Short

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 sits at the intersection of gender, family demography, and global population health. She is especially interested in how changing social, political, and demographic environments are related to health and well-being. Among other topics, she has written on women's work, time use, reproductive health, and child well-being. She has written about these topics in the U.S., China, Lesotho, and other countries. Her recent work integrates social and biological perspectives to investigate the processes through which social contexts and experiences are embodied over the life course, producing variation in health and well-being. She is also beginning new work on child-family separation in collaboration with PSTC faculty Jessa Leinaweaver and Caroline Kuo.

Short collaborates with anthropologists, biostatisticians, economists, and health scientists, and has particular interest in mixed methods, and theories and approaches that cross boundaries. Her research has been funded by the NIH, 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.

Scholarly Interests

Family, Gender, Inequality, Reproductive health

Affiliated Departments

Department of Sociology