health of adolescents and evaluating reproductive health and family planning and health programs aimed at adolescents and others, including both substantive and methodological studies. He has an M.A. in sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in demography from Brown University.


BARBARA S. MENSCH is a senior associate in the Policy Research Division of the Population Council. Mensch has been involved in research on adolescents and the transition to adulthood in Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, and Vietnam, as well as the United States. She coauthored (with Judith Bruce and Margaret Greene) The Uncharted Passage: Girls’ Adolescence in the Developing World, a seminal report on adolescents in developing countries. Her work on adolescents spans a number of life course events and dimensions of adolescents’ lives including education, reproductive health, gender-role socialization, marriage, and livelihoods. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology and demography from Princeton University and an M.A. in social and political sciences from Cambridge University.


SUSHEELA SINGH is vice president for research at The Alan Guttmacher Institute. Singh has been an active researcher in the area of adolescent reproductive health for almost 20 years, conducting research on marriage, sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing in the United States, other developed countries, and developing countries. The majority of her recent work involves comparative studies of adolescents across developing countries and regions. She is the author of journal articles and publications on a variety of topics related to adolescent sexual activity and reproductive health. Her recent publications include articles on gender differences in the timing of first intercourse in 14 countries and sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents in developed countries. She has also been involved in research on age at marriage in developing countries. She has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.


NELLY P. STROMQUIST is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and an affiliated faculty member of its Center for Feminist Research and Gender Studies. Previously she held research positions at the International Development Research Center in Canada and as a visiting professor at Stanford University; the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil; Florida State University; and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has written extensively on issues of education and gender in developing countries, including books on promoting education for girls and women in Latin America, the politics of educational innovation in developing countries, and gender and grassroots dynamics in Brazil. She has a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University.



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