Jennifer S. Barber

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Professor and Associate Chair

Office Location(s): 4116 LSA
Phone: 734.647.4442
jebarber@umich.edu
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Survey Research Center (ISR), Population Studies Center (ISR)
  • Fields of Study
    • Social Demography
    • Social Psychology
  • About

    Jennifer Barber is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center. Professor Barber's research is at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology.  Her work has two main foci.  First, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, she is currently collecting longitudinal data from a cohort of 18- and 19-year-old women in Michigan.  The "Relationship Dynamics and Social Life" project explores the types of attitudes, relationships, and contraceptive practices that produce unintended pregnancies.  The project is collecting and analyzing multiple types of data -- including surveys, semi-structured interviews, observation, and administrative data.  The second project, funded through multiple grants from NICHD to a collaborative team of researchers at Michigan and across the country, focuses on childbearing and contraceptive use in rural Nepal.  The current focus is on intergenerational and familial influences on childbearing behavior.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1997
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Demography, Family, Social Psychology