Sangeetha Madhavan is an Associate Professor in the Department of 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 children's well-being, household and family change, the social context of HIV/AIDS and population movement all in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Her recent publications appear in Journal of Family Issues, Culture, Health and Society and International Journal of Epidemiology. Forthcoming publications will be appearing in Journal of South African Studies, Journal of Adolescent Research and Journal of Family and Economic Issues. She has been a lead investigator in several federally funded grants for research in South Africa and is soon to start an new NIH funded project in urban Kenya on the support networks of poor, single mothers. She teaches courses on Gender and Family, Social Inequalities and Health, HIV/AIDS in Global Perspective and African Development.

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
Sangeetha Madhavan
1123E Taliaferro Hall
Department of Sociology
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