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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Megan Neely

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin



Megan is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology.  Her research interests are in gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace.  Megan is a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab and an Editorial Committee Member on the Working Paper Series at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.  Before coming to UT, Megan worked as a research analyst at a finance firm and earned a BA in History at Seattle University. 


Gender, Work and Organizations, Economic Sociology, and Inequality

SOC 307K • Fertility And Reproduction

44514 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CMA 3.114
(also listed as WGS 301 )
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Why do birth rates rise and fall? Why is fertility falling in over half of the world? Why does the United States have high rates of childlessness, delayed parenting, teen childbearing, unplanned pregnancy, and maternal and infant mortality? Why is the U.S. exceptional among industrialized nations in terms of fertility and reproduction? And why do countries in the Global South face unique issues when it comes to family planning and population control?

This course will explore when, why, and how people bear children around the world. We will explore the social factors associated with declining fertility, voluntary childlessness, unplanned fertility, non-marital and teen childbearing, delayed parenting and infertility, assisted reproduction, adoption, maternal and infant mortality/morbidity, population control, family planning, and government support for families. Throughout the course, you will develop your sociological imagination by learning how to connect what happens in individual’s lives to broader, demographic trends that transform the economic and political landscape of societies worldwide.

The course will feature current publications by sociologists and journalists. The format will be a combination of lectures and discussion.

Grading and requirements:

Students will be evaluated on two exams, two short essays, and class participation.


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