Alexander Weinreb

Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., University of Pennsylvania

Associate Professor of Sociology
Alexander Weinreb



Social and political demography, data collection methods


I am a social and political demographer who works in two main substantive areas. One is the relationship between demographic behavior and religion, ethnicity and identity in general. The other is data collection methods in survey research. For most of my career, I've focused on non-Western settings, especially countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. More recently, I've also been working on contemporary demographic change in Europe.

Recent publications

Stecklov, Guy, Alex Weinreb, and Mariano Sana. 2015. “Reporting family planning use to strangers:  A survey-based experiment from the Dominican Republic” PLOS One (forthcoming)

Sana, Mariano, Guy Stecklov, and Alex Weinreb. 2015. “Do survey interviewers really have to be strangers?” Population Studies (forthcoming)

Swed, Ori, and Alexander Weinreb. 2015. “Military westernization and state repression in the post-Cold War era.” Social Science Research 53: 270-287.

Weinreb, Alexander A., jimi Adams and Jenny Trinitapoli. 2015. “AIDS and social networks,” in Robert A. Scott and Stephen M. Kosslyn (eds.) Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Wiley Publisher.

Weinreb, Alexander. 2014. “Heterophily in rural Malawi: A small‐area observational study of social interaction.” Demographic Research 31: 1477-1502

Derpic, Jorge, and Alexander Weinreb. 2014. “Undercounting urban residents in Bolivia: A small-area study of census-driven migration.” Population Research and Policy Review  [forthcoming] DOI: 10.1007/s11113-014-9321-1

Menashe, Ashira, and Alexander Weinreb. 2013. “Health care professionals and the determinants of fertility and child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: A five-country study.” GENUS 69(3)

Manglos, Nicolette, and Alexander Weinreb. 2013. “Religion and interest in politics in sub-Saharan Africa.” Social Forces 92 (1): 195-219.

Trinitapoli, Jenny, and Alexander Weinreb. 2012. Religion and AIDS in Africa.  Oxford University Press.

Stecklov, Guy, and Alexander Weinreb. 2010. Improving the Quality of Data and Impact Evaluation Studies in Developing Countries. Impact Evaluation Guidelines No. 1: Strategy Development Division, Inter-American Development Bank. (66 pp)

Weinreb, Alexander, and Guy Stecklov. 2009. “Social inequality and HIV-testing: Comparing home- and clinic-based testing in rural Malawi.”  Demographic Research 21: 627-646

Weinreb, Alexander, and Mariano Sana. 2009. “The effects of questionnaire translation on demographic data and analysis.” Population Research and Policy Review 28(4): 429-454

Weinreb, Alexander, Patrick Gerland and Peter Fleming. 2008. “Hotspots and coldspots: Household and village-level variation in orphanhood prevalence in rural Malawi.” Demographic Research 19: 1219-1250

Weinreb, Alexander. 2008. “Characteristics of women in consanguineous marriages in Egypt, 1988 - 2000.” European Journal of Population 24: 185-210 

Sana, Mariano, and Alexander Weinreb. 2008. “Insiders, outsiders, and the editing of inconsistent survey data.” Sociological Methods and Research  36(4):  515-551 

Weinreb, Alexander. 2008. “Hottentot B-b-blues.” Ethnography 9(1): 123-131


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