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M. Giovanna Merli, Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Sociology and Research Professor of Global Health and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Director of the Duke Center for Population Research (DPRC)  

Office Location: 114 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

Education:
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

Teaching (Fall 2016):

  • Glhlth 761s.01, Demographic measures/concepts Synopsis
    Rubenstein 151, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Pubpol 908s.02, Dissertation proposal sem i Synopsis
    Rubenstein 153, W 08:05 AM-10:35 AM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. AM Verdery, MG Merli, J Moody, JA Smith and JC Fisher. "Brief Report: Respondent-driven Sampling Estimators Under Real and Theoretical Recruitment Conditions of Female Sex Workers in China.." Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) 26.5 (September, 2015): 661-665. [doi]  [abs]
  2. MG Merli, J Moody, J Mendelsohn and R Gauthier. "Sexual Mixing in Shanghai: Are Heterosexual Contact Patterns Compatible With an HIV/AIDS Epidemic?." Demography 52.3 (June, 2015): 919-942. [doi]  [abs]
  3. MG Merli, J Moody, J Mendelsohn and R Gauthier. "Erratum to: Sexual Mixing in Shanghai: Are Heterosexual Contact Patterns Compatible With an HIV/AIDS Epidemic?." Demography 52.3 (June, 2015): 943. [doi]
  4. MG Merli, J Moody, J Smith, J Li, S Weir and X Chen. "Challenges to recruiting population representative samples of female sex workers in China using Respondent Driven Sampling." Social Science and Medicine 125 (January, 2015): 79-93. [doi]  [abs]
  5. A Verdery, MG Merli, J Moody, J Smith and J Fisher. "Assessment of multiple respondent driven sampling estimators under real and theoretical recruitment conditions in empirical samples of female sex workers in China." Epidemiology (2015).

Highlight:
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