Rebekah Burroway


Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Duke, 2011

Areas of Interest

Poverty & Inequality, Global Health, Gender, Development & Developing Countries, Political Sociology, Social Demography



Professor Burroway’s research utilizes a comparative, cross-national perspective to examine the impact of social structural forces on health and poverty, with an emphasis on women and children. Health is a productive site for studying inequality as it is one of the most fundamental indicators of life chances and is integrally related to many other aspects of disadvantage. Thus, her research is motivated by several key questions: What explains global patterns and vast inequalities in health and well-being? How do macro structures shape individual life chances, particularly in developing countries? How do contexts of gender inequality manifest as unequal power and resources, and consequently, as unequal life chances for women and their children? Burroway’s research and teaching interests broadly encompass the areas of poverty and inequality, global health, gender, development and developing countries, political sociology, and social demography. Drawing on theories of comparative institutions, feminism, democracy, and development, she uses quantitative cross-national and multi-level research designs to illustrate the ways in which political, institutional, economic, and policy contexts influence the lives of women and children. While recognizing the role of individual characteristics, her work underscores the importance of social structures for shaping the distribution of poverty and well-being across societies.

Recent Publications

Burroway, Rebekah. Forthcoming. “A Cross-National Analysis of Sex-Specific HIV Prevalence Rates and Women’s Access to Property, Land, and Loans in Developing Countries. International Journal of Sociology

Brady, David and Rebekah Burroway. 2012. “Targeting, Universalism and Single Mother Poverty: A Multi-Level Analysis Across 18 Affluent Democracies.” Demography 49: 719-746, DOI:

Toller Erausquin, Jennifer, Monica Biradavolu, Elizabeth Reed, Rebekah Burroway, and Kim M. Blankenship. 2012. “Trends in Condom Use Among Female Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: The Impact of a Community Mobilisation Intervention.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, DOI:

Brady, David, Katelin Isaacs, Martha Reeves, Rebekah Burroway, and Megan Reynolds. 2011. “Sector, Size, Stability and Scandal: Explaining the Presence of Women Executives in Fortune 500 Firms.” Gender in Management26: 84-104.

Burroway, Rebekah. 2010. “Schools Against AIDS: Secondary School Enrollment and Cross-National Disparities in AIDS Death Rates.” Social Problems 57: 398-420.

Blankenship, Kim, Rebekah Burroway, and Elizabeth Reed. 2010. “Factors Associated with Awareness and Utilization of a Community Mobilization Intervention for Female Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India.” Sexually Transmitted Infections 86 (Suppl 1): i69-i75.

News & Events

  November 2015  
  IHSS will present Nicholas Wilson, Stony Brook Department Sociology, November 18, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N320, “What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day?  Historical Method in Theory and Practice  
  October 2015  
  September 2015  
  •Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones, Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries."
•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Cliff Leek, Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Men and Masculinities in International Development:  Are Fears Becoming Realities?"
  May 2015  
  Ph.D. student Suzan Walters receives the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society, for her paper, "Caregiving and HIV:  Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending."
Jennifer Heerwig and Josh Murray (Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt and SBU Sociology alumni) awarded $33,000 grant by the Russell Sage Foundation to support their project entitled "Partisanship, Unity, and Inter-Corporate Networks:  Political Donations of the Corporate Elite, 1980 - 2014."
  April 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Professor Ian Roxborough, Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Human Aspects of Military Operations: Intra-Organizational Debate and Spontaneous Sociology."
IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department
Sociology Brown Bag series presents Associate Professor Timothy P. Moran and Ph.D. student Sofia Boutillier, Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Saying Happiness While Doing Inequality:  Wealth, Neoliberalism, and the New York Times."
  March 2015  
  Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration, Diversity and Citizenship:  The Changing Terrain of Racial Justice."
Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era."
of Decolonization” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
  February 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment:  A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."  
  IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."  
  December 2014  
  Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council for her research project, "Social movements and knowledge intermediaries: participatory methods for inclusive innovation."  
  October 2014
  IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."  
  September 2014  
  Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right?  The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy:  Evidence from the British Empire in India."
IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger?  Where Historical Figures Really Rank.

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