Jennifer Barber

Jennifer Barber

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1997
M.A., University of Chicago, 1994

Dr. Barber studies intergenerational processes in families in the United States and Nepal. Her current U.S. research focuses on intergenerational influences on childbearing behavior, including the influence of parental behavior, parental attitudes, and young people's own attitudes. She is studying the consequences of unwanted childbearing for children in the U.S. Her current research in Nepal focuses on the relationships between social change and family formation attitudes and behavior. She is involved with the Developmental Idealism and Family and Population Dynamics in Nepal research project.

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Jennifer Barber's Research Profile at the Population Studies Center


Recent Pub

Allendorf, "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius, Swindle, Young-Demarco, Moaddel. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Kiss, Tamás. "Escaping the "Balkanizing" Gaze? Perceptions of Global and Internal Developmental Hierarchies in Romania." East European Politics and Societies.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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