Elizabeth Frankenberg

Dr. Frankenberg’s research focuses on individual and family response to change and the role of community, broadly construed, in individual behaviors and outcomes across the life course. In addition to these substantive interests, two cross-cutting themes are inherent in her research: health status as a critical dimension of well-being and the close integration of methods and data. She has invested heavily in developing and implementing innovative and ambitious designs for data collection to support her own research and that of the scientific and policy communities more broadly, including the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR). The STAR project assesses the social, economic, demographic, and health impacts of the December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia in order to measure population-level response to a disaster over fifteen years. Dr. Frankenberg is trained in demography, sociology, and public policy. Her doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of Pennsylvania focused on infant and childhood mortality in Indonesia. Currently she is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Carolina Population Center.