Professor of Sociology
Director of Sociology Graduate Studies
Office: 308 Mencoff Hall
Tel: (401) 863-6184
Fax: (401) 863-3351
Susan E. Short is Professor of Sociology. She holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in demography with an emphasis on family and health. Recent research includes population-level analyses of changes in the composition of households of mothers of young children; women’s work and its intersection with fertility and child care; and the relationship between policies, prenatal care, and fertility. Short’s NIH and NSF funded research includes projects in China, Lesotho, and the U.S. With a recently awarded Mellon New Directions Fellowship, Short is expanding her research on inequalities in family and health to incorporate genetics. Short has served as Associate Director of the NICHD-funded Population Studies and Training Center at Brown and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America.
Erin Parker and Susan E. Short. 2009. “Grandmother Co-residence and Child Schooling in Lesotho.” Journal of Family Issues, 30(6):813-836.
Susan E. Short, Frances K. Goldscheider, and Berna M. Torr. 2006. “Less Help for Mother: The Decline in Female Support for the Mothers of Young Children, 1880-1990.” Demography, 43(4): 617-629.
Susan E. Short and Fengyu Zhang. 2004. "Use of Maternal Health Services in Rural China." Population Studies, 58(1):3-19.
Berna Miller Torr and Susan E. Short. 2004. "Second Births and the Second Shift: A Research Note on Gender Equity and Fertility. Population and Development Review, 30(1):109-130.
- The Distribution of Health Insurance in China, 1997-2006
- The Family Consequences of Child Disability
- Family Organization and Child Well-being in Southern Africa
- Gender Inequality in China
- The National Children’s Study (Providence County, RI and Bristol County, MA)
- Social Inequalities: The Intertwining of Human Difference and Environments