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M. Giovanna Merli, Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Sociology and Director of Duke Population Research Center and Research Professor of Global Health  

Office Location: 236 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-9305
Duke Box: 90312
Email Address: giovanna.merli@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Policy
    • Global Health
    • HIV/AIDS
  • Social Policy, Demography

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1996
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1993
M.A. (International Relations), The Johns Hopkins University, 1991
B.A. (Oriental Languages and Literature), University of Venice, 1987

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Attané, I; Eklund, L; Merli, MG; Bozon, M; Angeloff, T; Yang, B; Li, S; Pairault, T; Wang, S; Yang, X; Zhang, Q. "Understanding Bachelorhood in Poverty-stricken and High Sex Ratio Settings: An Exploratory Study in Rural Shaanxi, China." The China Quarterly (January, 2019). [doi]  [abs]
  2. Merli, MG; Verdery, A; Mouw, T; Li, J. "Sampling Migrants from their Social Networks: The Demography and Social Organization of Chinese Migrants in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.." Migration Studies 4.2 (July, 2016): 182-214. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Verdery, AM; Merli, MG; Moody, J; Smith, JA; Fisher, JC. "Brief Report: Respondent-driven Sampling Estimators Under Real and Theoretical Recruitment Conditions of Female Sex Workers in China.." Epidemiology 26.5 (September, 2015): 661-665. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Merli, MG; Moody, J; Mendelsohn, J; Gauthier, R. "Sexual Mixing in Shanghai: Are Heterosexual Contact Patterns Compatible With an HIV/AIDS Epidemic?." Demography 52.3 (June, 2015): 919-942. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Kimani, SM; Watt, MH; Merli, MG; Skinner, D; Myers, B; Pieterse, D; MacFarlane, JC; Meade, CS. "Respondent driven sampling is an effective method for engaging methamphetamine users in HIV prevention research in South Africa.." Drug Alcohol Depend 143 (October, 2014): 134-140. [doi]  [abs]

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 Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Wei He  

M. Giovanna Merli