Anne R. Pebley

Fred H. Bixby Chair and Distinguished Professor
Fielding School of Public Health and Department of Sociology
Faculty Affiliate, California Center for Population Research
Director, Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health


Anne Pebley is a social demographer who works on a wide range of issues related to social inequality and the determinants of health, both globally and in the United States.  Her current research centers on four areas:  (1) immigration from Mexico and Central America and its consequences for health, (2) social stratification in labor force history and Latino-white differences in old age functional limitations, (3) neighborhood change in Los Angeles and family and child well-being, and (4) reproductive health in the Tibetan region of China.

Pebley developed an expertise in survey research working with the 1970-75 US National Fertility Survey, the World Fertility Surveys during the 1980s, and the Demographic and Health Surveys from the 1980s to the present.  She has also been the director of the 1995 Guatemalan Family Health Survey (Encuesta Guatemalteca de Salud Familiar) (with Noreen Goldman) and the 2000-2008 Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (with Narayan Sastry).  Pebley’s past research has focused on fertility, marriage, and reproductive health in poor and middle-income countries; choices between biomedical and traditional health care in poor rural populations; and social contexts and individual and family wellbeing in Los Angeles and the United States as a whole.  During her career, Pebley has collaborated with colleagues on projects in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, DR Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Mexico, and PR China.

Prior to UCLA, Pebley was Professor of Demography and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, Princeton University, and the Director of the Population Research Center at RAND.  She has been President of the Population Association of America and of the Association of Population Centers.  She served as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Population.  She has also been a member of several review groups (study sections) at NIH, a member of the NAS/NRC’s Committee on Population, a Trustee of the Population Council, and on several boards of advisors for national surveys.  Pebley is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.


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