Susan E. Short

Professor of Sociology
Director of Sociology Graduate Studies

Office: 308 Mencoff Hall
Tel: (401) 863-6184
Fax: (401) 863-3351

Background

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. 

Selected Publications

Hongwei Xu, John Logan, and Susan E. Short.  Forthcoming. 2013. “Integrating Space with Place in Health Research: A Multilevel Spatial Investigation Using Child Mortality in 1880 Newark, New Jersey.”  Demography.

Susan E. Short, Y. Claire Yang, and Tania M. Jenkins.  2013.  “Sex, Gender, Genetics, and Health.”  American Journal of Public Health. 103(S1):S93-S101.

Hongwei Xu, Susan E. Short, and Tao Liu.  2013. “Dynamic Relations between Fast-food Restaurant and Body Weight Status: A Longitudinal and Multilevel Analysis of Chinese Adults.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 67(3):271-279.

Abigail Harrison, Susan E. Short, Maletela Tuoane-Nkhasi.   2013. “Re-focusing the Gender Lens: Caregiving Women, Family Roles and HIV/AIDS Vulnerability in Lesotho.”  AIDS and Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10461-013-0515-z. PMID: 23686152.

Sarah H Stephens, Sarah M Hartz, Nicole R Hoft, Nancy L Saccone, Robin C Corley, John K Hewitt, Christian J Hopfer, Naomi Breslau, Hilary Coon, Xiangning Chen, Francesca Ducci, Nicole Dueker, Nora Franceschini, Josef Frank, Younghun Han, Nadia N Hansel, Chenhui Jiang, Tellervo Korhonen, Penelope A Lind, Jason Liu, Leo‐Pekka Lyytikäinen, Martha Michel, John R Shaffer, Susan E Short, Juzhong Sun, Alexander Teumer, John R Thompson, Nicole Vogelzangs, Jacqueline M Vink, Angela Wenzlaff, William Wheeler, Bao‐Zhu Yang, Steven H Aggen, Anthony J Balmforth, Sebastian E Baumeister, Terri H Beaty, Daniel J Benjamin, Andrew W Bergen, Ulla Broms, David Cesarini, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Jingchun Chen, Yu‐Ching Cheng, Sven Cichon, David Couper, Francesco Cucca, Danielle Dick, Tatiana Foroud, Helena Furberg, Ina Giegling, Nathan A Gillespie, Fangyi Gu, Alistair S Hall, Jenni Hällfors, Shizhong Han, Annette M Hartmann, Kauko Heikkilä, Ian B Hickie, Jouke Jan Hottenga, Pekka Jousilahti, Marika Kaakinen, Mika Kähönen, Philipp D Koellinger, Stephen Kittner, Bettina Konte, Maria‐Teresa Landi, Tiina Laatikainen, Mark Leppert, Steven M Levy, Rasika A Mathias, Daniel W McNeil, Sarah E Medland, Grant W Montgomery, Tanda Murray, Matthias Nauck, Kari E North, Peter D Paré, Michele Pergadia, Ingo Ruczinski, Veikko Salomaa, Jorma Viikari, Gonneke Willemsen, Kathleen C Barnes, Eric Boerwinkle, Dorret I Boomsma, Neil Caporaso, Howard J Edenberg, Clyde Francks, Joel Gelernter, Hans Jörgen Grabe, Hyman Hops, Marjo‐Riitta Jarvelin, Magnus Johannesson, Kenneth S Kendler, Terho Lehtimäki, Patrik KE Magnusson, Mary L Marazita, Jonathan Marchini, Braxton D Mitchell, Markus M Nöthen, Brenda W Penninx, Olli Raitakari, Marcella Rietschel, Dan Rujescu, Nilesh J Samani, Ann G Schwartz, Sanjay Shete, Margaret Spitz, Gary E Swan, Henry Völzke, Juha Veijola, Qingyi Wei, Chris Amos, Dale S Cannon, Richard Grucza, Dorothy Hatsukami, Andrew Heath, Eric O Johnson, Jaakko Kaprio, Pamela Madden, Nicholas G Martin, Victoria L Stevens, Robert B Weiss, Peter Kraft, Laura J Bierut, Marissa A Ehringer. 2013. “Distinct Loci in the CHRNA5/CHRNA3/CHRNB4 Gene Cluster are Associated with Onset of Regular Smoking.”  Genetic Epidemiology 37(8):846-859.

Rachel E. Goldberg and Susan E. Short.  2012. “The Luggage That Isn’t Theirs is Heavy: Explanations for Orphan Disadvantage in Lesotho.” Population Research and Policy Review 31(1):67-83.

Hartz SM, Short SE, Saccone NL, Culverhouse R, Chen L, Schwantes-An TH, Coon H, Han Y, Stephens SH, Sun J, Chen X, Ducci F, Dueker N, Franceschini N, Frank J, Geller F, Gubjartsson D, Hansel NN, Jiang C, Keskitalo-Vuokko K, Liu Z, Lyytikäinen LP, Michel M, Rawal R, Rosenberger A, Scheet P, Shaffer JR, Teumer A, Thompson JR, Vink JM, Vogelzangs N, Wenzlaff AS, Wheeler W, Xiao X, Yang BZ, Aggen SH, Balmforth AJ, Baumeister SE, Beaty T, Bennett S, Bergen AW, Boyd HA, Broms U, Campbell H, Chatterjee N, Chen J, Cheng YC, Cichon S, Couper D, Cucca F, Dick DM, Foroud T, Furberg H, Giegling I, Gu F, Hall AS, Hällfors J, Han S, Hartmann AM, Hayward C, Heikkilä K, Hewitt JK, Hottenga JJ, Jensen MK, Jousilahti P, Kaakinen M, Kittner SJ, Konte B, Korhonen T, Landi MT, Laatikainen T, Leppert M, Levy SM, Mathias RA, McNeil DW, Medland SE, Montgomery GW, Muley T, Murray T, Nauck M, North K, Pergadia M, Polasek O, Ramos EM, Ripatti S, Risch A, Ruczinski I, Rudan I, Salomaa V, Schlessinger D, Styrkársdóttir U, Terracciano A, Uda M, Willemsen G, Wu X, Abecasis G, Barnes K, Bickeböller H, Boerwinkle E, Boomsma DI, Caporaso N, Duan J, Edenberg HJ, Francks C, Gejman PV, Gelernter J, Grabe HJ, Hops H, Jarvelin MR, Viikari J, Kähönen M, Kendler KS, Lehtimäki T, Levinson DF, Marazita ML, Marchini J, Melbye M, Mitchell BD, Murray JC, Nöthen MM, Penninx BW, Raitakari O, Rietschel M, Rujescu D, Samani NJ, Sanders AR, Schwartz AG, Shete S, Shi J, Spitz M, Stefansson K, Swan GE, Thorgeirsson T, Völzke H, Wei Q, Wichmann HE, Amos CI, Breslau N, Cannon DS, Ehringer M, Grucza R, Hatsukami D, Heath A, Johnson EO, Kaprio J, Madden P, Martin NG, Stevens VL, Stitzel JA, Weiss RB, Kraft P, Bierut LJ.   2012. “Increased Genetic Vulnerability to Smoking at CHRNA5 in Early-Onset Smokers.”  Archives of General Psychiatry 69(8):854-60.

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.

Interests

Family, Gender, Households, Inequality, Methods, Reproductive health, Social demography