Sangeetha Madhavan is a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and African-American Studies and Associate Director at the Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park. She received her MA and PHD in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a wide range of research interests including family demography, children's well-being, parenting, household and family change, the social context of HIV/AIDS and health in the context of sub-Saharan Africa, the Global South and the US. Her recent publications appear in Social Science and Medicine, Social Science Research and Journal of Marriage and Family. She has been a lead investigator in several federally funded grants for research in South Africa and Kenya. She was awarded an NIH R21 grant to support a project on the support networks of poor, single mothers in urban Kenya with plans under way to expand it into an R01. She teaches courses on Gender and Family, Social Inequalities and Health, HIV/AIDS in Global Perspective and African Development. She has mentored a number of Sociology PHD students many of whom attained prestigious post-docs at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Areas of Interest

  • Family Demography
  • Parenting
  • Kinship
  • Children's well-being
  • sub Saharan Africa
  • African Diaspora
  • Mobility and Migration
  • Social Impact of HIV/AIDS


  • PhD
    Sociology and Demography, University of Pennsylvania

Current Students

Former Students

  • Fatima Zahra
    post-doctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mark Gross
    US Census Bureau
  • Tyler Myroniuk
    Faculty, University of Alberta
  • Sangeeta Parashar
    Montclair State University
Sangeetha Madhavan
1123E Taliaferro Hall
Department of Sociology
smadhava [at]