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Christine Bachrach Ph.D.

Christine Bachrach, Ph.D.

Research Professor

0124 Cole Student Activities
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 410-740-8277


  1. Ph.D., Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University, 1979.
  2. M.A., Sociology (Demography), Georgetown University, 1974.
  3. B.A., Social Relations, Harvard College, 1972.


Christine Bachrach is a social demographer with scientific interests that have spanned the areas of fertility, family formation, marriage and divorce, adoption, sexual behavior, contraceptive practice, population health, and survey methodology. She served as Acting Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health during 2008-2010, and as Chief of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development during the years 1992-2008. She joined the Maryland faculty in February, 2010 and is currently pursuing activities in two scientific areas.

First, she is exploring the intersections between cultural theory and cognitive science with the goal of developing new ways of integrating cultural concepts and measures into social demographic research. This interest grew out of her work on a recent co-authored volume, Understanding Family Change and Variation: Towards a Theory of Conjunctural Action (  Other collaborative work in this area examines the meaning of fertility intentions through the dual lenses of cognitive science and social theory.

Second, Bachrach is engaged in activities designed to promote research on population health.  She is co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Society Scholars Program (,  a training ground for social and biomedical scientists in the interdisciplinary field of population health. She is also part of a collaborative effort to develop infrastructure to support population health research at the national level.  Particular interests include social and cultural determinants of health.  She does not maintain an active research portfolio in this area but has designed and taught a course on the drivers of socioeconomic disparities in health.

Bachrach currently serves as President of the Population Association of America and on the Committee on Population of the National Research Council.



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