Diane Coffey

Diane Coffey

I am a demographer who studies social influences on health in India. One area of my research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of poor population health resulting from India's exceptionally poor maternal nutrition. It traces links among gender, stratification, and poor health outcomes. Another area of my research finds consequences of poor sanitation in developing countries for early life health. I have also studied the causes of open defecation in rural India. My research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as Social Science & Medicine, Economic & Political Weekly, Demography, Demographic Research and other journals. My book, with Dean Spears, is titled Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste. I am an assistant professor of Sociology & Population Research at UT-Austin and co-executive director of r.i.c.e., a research institute for compassionate economics.


University of Texas at Austin


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