UW Department of Sociology is pleased to welcome Audrey Dorélien to our faculty beginning in September 2024. 

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Professor Audrey Dorélien's research strives to explain how human population dynamics and behavior intersect with environmental conditions to affect health. Her work describes demographic and health patterns and attempts to identify causal factors responsible for these patterns. The first strand of her research focuses on the effects of early life exposures (i.e., disease/nutrition/climate) on health both in the United States and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Second, she analyzes how human behavior and population dynamics affect the spread and severity of infectious diseases. Professor Dorélien has conducted research on spatial demography/ urbanization with a focus on health and climate change vulnerability. Her research has appeared inPopulation Development Review, Demography, Population Health Metrics, Biodemographyand Social Biology, Demographic Research,andPLoS ONE. 

Dorélien most recently served as an Associate Professor in the global policy and social policy analysis areas at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. At UMN, she was also a faculty affiliate in the Applied Economics Department, the School of Public Health, and the Minnesota Population Center where she was the Co-Director of the Population Training Program. 

Prior to her position at UMN, Dorélien was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center and Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. She earned a BA in Honors Economics and Biology from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Public Policy from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in demography from the Office of Population Research.  

Dorélien earned her BA with Honors in Economics and Biology from Swarthmore College, and her MA and PhD from Princeton University. 

To learn more about Audrey, go HERE.