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Kirsten Stoebenau Ph.D.

Kirsten Stoebenau, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

Behavioral and Community Health
1234 School of Public Health
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-2463


  1. Ph.D., Population and Family Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
  2. B.S., Anthropology, Emory University, 1995


I am interested in the social and structural determinants of women's sexual and reproductive health, with a geographical focus on sub-Saharan Africa. I have focused on two areas to date - women's sexual behavior within the context of HIV prevention, and fertility. With respect to women's sexual behavior I have examined the roles of race and ethnicity in shaping women sex workers' health concerns and have contributed to defining, measuring and conceptualizing "transactional sex" and its role in young women's HIV risk. With respect to fertility, my work has considered the relationship between gender inequality and fertility decline, and the determinants of adolescent fertility. Most recently, I have begun to explore social change in marriage in Kenya and Uganda and am interested in continuing to develop a body of research that will improve measurement around union formation and status and examine the consequences of social change in marriage for women's and their children's wellbeing in the sub-Saharan African context.