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Elizabeth Frankenberg, Research Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging and Associate of the Duke Initiative fo  

Office Location: 192 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-9311
Duke Box: 90312
Email Address: e.frankenberg@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • International, International Development

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1992
M.P.A. Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, NJ, 1989
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
BA with highest honors and distinction in Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1986

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Thomas, D; Seeman, T; Potter, A; Hu, P; Crimmins, E; Herningtyas, EH; Sumantri, C; Frankenberg, E. "HPLC-based Measurement of Glycated Hemoglobin using Dried Blood Spots Collected under Adverse Field Conditions.." Biodemography and Social Biology 64.1 (January, 2018): 43-62. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Ho, JY; Frankenberg, E; Sumantri, C; Thomas, D. "Adult Mortality Five Years after a Natural Disaster.." Population and Development Review 43.3 (September, 2017): 467-490. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Frankenberg, E; Thomas, D. "Human Capital and Shocks: Evidence on Education, Health and Nutrition." Nber (April, 2017).
  4. Frankenberg, E; Laurito, MM; Thomas, D. "Demographic Impact of Disasters." International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition. Elsevier, March, 2015: 101-108. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Thomas, D; Frankenberg, E. "Experimental Methods in Survey Research in Demography." International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition. Elsevier, March, 2015: 559-565. [doi]  [abs]

Curriculum Vitae


Elizabeth Frankenberg’s research focuses on three thematic areas: the ways in which the health and social service environment shape the well-being of individuals, the ways that interactions among family members influence well-being, and how individuals respond to changes induced by unexpected events.

Frankenberg has exploited shocks – economic crises and natural disasters – to observe their influence on human capital and resource investments at the individual, household, and community level. Most recently, Frankenberg has examined the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on psycho-social well-being, post-traumatic stress as a function of exposure to community trauma, and the impact of the orphanhood after the tsunami on children’s short- and longer-run well-being. Research is oriented toward better understanding responses by individuals and policy makers in the aftermath of shocks.

With collaborators, Frankenberg has directed several large-scale longitudinal surveys in Indonesia, including the Indonesian Family Life Survey and the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery, funded by grants from NIA and NICHD. These surveys integrate innovative measures in satellite imaging and biomarkers with more traditional modes of survey research.

Elizabeth Frankenberg