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Professor Agadjanian (Ph.D. University of Southern California; Foundation Distinguished Professor) conducts research on various aspects of social and demographic change in developing and transitional settings. He has studied migration, sexual and reproductive behavior, gender, ethnicity, and religion. He has directed several large projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, United States Agency for International Development, and other agencies in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia). He has published in several languages in leading international scholarly outlets.

Selected Publications


While much immigration scholarship deals with determinants of international migration or its consequences for migrants and the migrant-receiving countries and communities, as part of my research, I look at how international labor migration in different parts of the world affects communities from which migrants originate. Specifically, I examine direct demographic consequences of migration, its economic impact, its implications for the health and wellbeing of non-migrant marital partners and migrants’ children. I also seek a better understanding of how migration reflects and reshapes the socio-cultural fabric of sending communities, including its gender norms and relations and its religious life. My research focuses mainly on sub-Saharan Africa and Central Eurasia and engages both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry.

Fall 2017 Courses

  • Soc 425 Sociology of Global Health, online

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