Fertility and Infertility Program

This Program examines both the: social, institutional, economic, and cultural contexts and processes that influence the quantity, timing, and circumstances of childbearing; and the trends and differentials by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other characteristics.


Areas of interest related to fertility include:

  • Fertility in relation to other life course domains and trajectories, such as education, work, residential mobility, health, and the timing and characteristics of romantic unions
  • Policy, social, economic, cultural, psychological, and biological factors and processes that influence fertility intentions and behavior
  • Consequences of the quantity, timing, and circumstances of childbearing for the well-being of families, communities, and societies


Areas of interest related to infertility include:

  • Diminished fecundity and variations in pregnancy attainment, characteristics, and resolution
  • Help-seeking and diagnosis patterns and processes
  • Treatment access and decision-making
  • Short- and long-term consequences of infertility or infertility-associated treatment for women, men, couples, and children
  • Social, economic, and policy factors that generate disparities in infertility and infertility treatment

Adoption and Kinship

Within the Fertility and Infertility Program, adoption and kinship research is relevant as components of population dynamics, such as family formation patterns and understandings of membership in a demographically defined unit.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Adoption, biological fertility, and infertility treatments as complements to or substitutes for each other
  • Social, economic, and policy processes related to adoption and kinship
  • Social, cultural, legal, psychological, and biological factors and processes that influence understandings of kinship, including meanings assigned to genetics and adoption

Contact: Dr. Rosalind King

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