Dr. Mónica Caudillo is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department. She holds a PhD in Sociology from New York University, and has conducted domestic and international research in family demography, sexuality and reproductive health, gender, crime and violence, and education. One of her lines of research focuses on the demographic consequences of disruptions to women's social context. Her research aims to understand how exposure to increasing community violence in Mexico, and to the opioid epidemic in the United States impact women’s sexual activity, fertility, marriage, and cohabitation patterns. Another line of research focuses on the determinants of contraceptive use during adolescence, and on how couple disagreement about fertility goals affects contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy in the United States.


Twitter: @mlcaudillo

Areas of Interest

  • Family Demography; Sexuality and Reproductive Health; Violence; Gender; Education
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  • PhD
    Sociology, New York University, 2017
  • MA
    Sociology, New York University, 2015
  • Licenciada
    Political Science and International Relations, CIDE, 2008

Caudillo, Mónica L. and Andrés Villarreal. 2021. “The Opioid Epidemic and Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States, 2000-2016.” Forthcoming.  Demography.

Caudillo, Mónica L., Shelby N. Hickman, and Sally Simpson. 2020. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Relationship Between Risk-Taking and the Effectiveness of Adolescents’ Contraceptive Use.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 52(4).

Rendall, Michael S., Eowna Young Harrison, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2020. “Intentionally or Ambivalently Risking a Short Inter-pregnancy Interval: Reproductive Readiness Factors in Women’s Postpartum Non-Use of Contraception.” Demography. 57: 821–841.

Mishel, E., Paula England, Jessie Ford, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2020. “Cohort Increases In Sex With Same-Sex Partners: Do Trends Vary by Gender, Race, and Class?” Gender & Society. 34(2): 178-209.

Caudillo, Mónica L. 2019. “Advanced School Progression Relative to Age and Early Family Formation in Mexico.” Demography 53(3): 863–890.

Caudillo, Mónica L. 2017. “How Does the Personal Become Political? Assessing the Impact of Maternal Employment on Daughters’ Participation in Political Organizations.” Social Science Research 64: 119-136.

Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Family Section, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2015.

England, Paula, Emma Mishel, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2016. “Increases in Sex with Same-Sex Partners and Bisexual Identity Across Cohorts of Women (but Not Men).” Sociological Science. Nov. 7th.

England, Paula, Mónica L. Caudillo, Krystale Littlejohn, Brooke Conroy Bass, and Joanna Reed. 2016. “Why Do Young, Unmarried Women Who Don’t Want to Get Pregnant Contracept Inconsistently?  Mixed-Method Evidence for the Role of Efficacy.” Socius. 2: 1-15.

Caudillo, Mónica L. and Florencia Torche. 2014. “Exposure to Local Homicides and Early Educational Achievement in Mexico.” Sociology of Education 87(2): 89-105.  

Reed, Joanna, Paula England, Krystale Littlejohn, Brooke Conroy Bass, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2014. “Consistent and Inconsistent Contraception Among Young Women: Insights from Qualitative Interviews.” Family Relations 63(2): 244-258.

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  • Constanza Hurtado-Acuna
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