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M. Giovanna Merli

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708-0312
236 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708


My research straddles three disciplinary realms: demography, contemporary Chinese society and global health. I focus on a range of population and health issues in developing countries that intersect frontline public policy, such as the role of China's population control program in lowering fertility preferences and fertility rates in China, the social and behavioral determinants of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and the methodological evaluation and implementation of network-based approaches to sample hard-to-reach and hidden populations such as those at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as undocumented migrants.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2014 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Director of the Duke Population Research Center · 2016 - Present Duke Population Research Center, Duke Population Research Institute
Director of the Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI) · 2020 - Present Duke Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute
Research Professor of Global Health · 2014 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology · 2014 - Present Sociology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Pennsylvania · 1996 Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania · 1993 M.A.