Alaka Basu, Cornell University

Professor Ithaca, New York ab54@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-1247

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While my general field of research is Demography, within this field I am particularly interested in the vast diversity of human experience as well as the equally vast potential for change even in social behaviors and practices that seem to be culturally ingrained or biologically immutable. In bot...

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Bio/Research

While my general field of research is Demography, within this field I am particularly interested in the vast diversity of human experience as well as the equally vast potential for change even in social behaviors and practices that seem to be culturally ingrained or biologically immutable. In both the areas of reproduction as well as practices related to health and survival, I am interested in studying the social and cultural dynamics that constrain people’s choices at some times but can just as radically force changes in these choices. Gender relations are an important feature of these social arrangements that impinge on reproductive behavior and I have a special interest in this.

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