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Sangeetha Madhavan Ph.D.

Sangeetha Madhavan, Ph.D.


African American and Africana Studies
1119 Taliaferro Hall
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-1166


  1. Ph.D., Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1998
  2. Certificate, African Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1995
  3. M.A., Demography, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994
  4. B.A., Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1988


Sangeetha Madhavan has a wide range of research interests including children’s well-being, household and family change, parenting, intergenerational relationships, transition to adulthood and social capital formation in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she is working on two projects: 1) fathering among low income Black men in urban South Africa and 2) social connectivity and children’s well-being in rural South Africa. In addition, she has started working on a new line of research on single motherhood and children’s well-being in urban Kenya. Her recent publications appear in Demography, Population and Development Review, Population Studies, and Journal of Family Issues.