Shelley Clark

Shelley Clark

Prof. Shelley Clark is a demographer whose research focuses on gender, health, family dynamics, and life course transitions. After receiving her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1999, Dr. Clark served as program associate at the Population Council in New York (1999 to 2002) and as an Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago (2002 to 2006). In the summer of 2006, she joined the Department of Sociology at McGill, where in 2012 she became the founding Director of the Centre on Population Dynamics.

Much of her research over two decades has examined how adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa make key transitions to adulthood in the midst of an on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic. Additional work has highlighted the social, economic, and health vulnerabilities of single mothers and their children in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently she has embarked on a new research agenda to assess rural and urban inequalities in the United States. She is currently co-editing a special issue of The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences on "Growing Up in Rural America." Her findings have been published in leading journals, such as Demography, Population and Development Review, Social Forces, and Journal of Marriage and Family, and presented to policy makers at influential international organizations, including the World Bank, WHO, UNFPA/UNICEF, and the Population Council.


McGill University

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11 May 2022 | research article

“One hand does not bring up a child:” Child fostering among single mothers in Nairobi slums

Cassandra Cotton, Shelley Clark, Sangeetha Madhavan

Volume: 46 Article ID: 30
Pages: 865–904
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2022.46.30

17 April 2018 | research article

Measuring extended families over time in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya: Retention and data consistency in a two-round survey

Sangeetha Madhavan, Donatien Beguy, Shelley Clark

Volume: 38 Article ID: 44
Pages: 1339–1358
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2018.38.44

06 December 2016 | research article

Impact of conjugal separation on women’s income in Canada: Does the type of union matter?

Céline Le Bourdais, Sung-Hee Jeon, Shelley Clark, Évelyne Lapierre-Adamcyk

Volume: 35 Article ID: 50
Pages: 1489–1522
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.50

13 July 2016 | research article

Pragmatic tradition or romantic aspiration? The causes of impulsive marriage and early divorce among women in rural Malawi

Anais Bertrand-Dansereau, Shelley Clark

Volume: 35 Article ID: 3
Pages: 47–80
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.3

28 May 2013 | research article

Transitions to adulthood in urban Kenya

Shelley Clark, Cassandra Cotton

Volume: 28 Article ID: 37
Pages: 1053–1092
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2013.28.37

05 January 2010 | research article

Extra-marital sexual partnerships and male friendships in rural Malawi

Shelley Clark

Volume: 22 Article ID: 1
Pages: 1–28
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2010.22.1