Jennifer Barber (1997)


Current Position:Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology, Research Professor and Associate Director of the Population Studies Center, and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center, at the University of Michigan.

Brief Bio: Jennifer’s research is at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy.  She recently completed a NICHD-funded intensive longitudinal data collection project on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women. The “Relationship Dynamics and Social Life” project included weekly surveys for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interviews, observation, and administrative data, in order to explore the types of attitudes, relationships, and contraceptive practices that produce early and/or unintended pregnancies. She also recently completed a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting – she spent time at a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit, as well as Planned Parenthood in southeastern Michigan.


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