Joseph E. Potter

Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., Princeton University

Professor of Sociology
Joseph E. Potter


  • Phone: 512.471.8341
  • Office: CLA 2.620C
  • Campus Mail Code: G1800


Joseph Potter's interests lie in the areas of reproductive health, population and development, and demographic estimation.  Since the Fall of 2011, he has been leading a five-year project—The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP)-- to evaluate the impact of legislation enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2011 and 2013 affecting both funding for family planning and access to abortion care.  Earlier, Potter was Principal Investigator of the Border Contraceptive Access Study (BCAS), an NICHD funded project on oral contraceptive use along the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.  Data were collected between September 2006 and December 2008, and now available for distribution through ICPSR.  

Since 2008, Potter’s publications have appeared in Population and Development ReviewDemography, Population Studies, Population Research and Policy Review, Social Forces, the American Journal of Public Health, ContraceptionObstetrics & Gynecology, the New England Journal of Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Birth, Women’s Health Issues, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and UnderservedPoverty & Public Policy, the Journal for the Scientific Study of ReligionEstudios Demográficos y Urbanos, Redes, the Revista Latinoamericana de Población, the Bulletin of Latin American Research, and the Revista Brasileira de Estudos de População.