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Rebekah Burroway

Rebekah Burroway

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. Duke, 2011

Areas of Interest

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



My research utilizes a comparative, cross-national perspective to examine the impact of social structural forces on health and well-being, 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, my 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?  How do contexts of gender inequality manifest as unequal power and resources, and consequently, as unequal life chances for women and their children?  My research interests broadly encompass the areas of health, gender, poverty and inequality, development and developing countries, and political economy.  Drawing on theories of women's empowerment, comparative institutions, democracy, and development, I illustrate the ways in which social, political, institutional, economic, and policy contexts influence the lives of women and children.  While recognizing the role of individual characteristics, my work underscores the importance of social structures for shaping the distribution of well-being across societies.  I am particularly interested in the ways in which women are constrained from fully participating in their communities and the subsequent impact this has on households and societies at large.

Recent Publications

Burroway, Rebekah  and Andrew Hargrove. 2018. "Education is the Antidote: Individual- and Community-Level Effects of Maternal Education on Child Immunizations in Nigeria."    Social Science & Medicine  213: 63-71

Bhandari, Aarushi and  Rebekah Burroway. 2018. "Hungry for Equality: A Longitudinal Analysis of Women's Legal Rights and Food Security in Developing Countries"   The Sociological Quarterly  59(3): 424-448

Burroway, Rebekah and Andrew Hargrove. 2018. "It Takes a Village: Individual- and Community-Level Effects of Women's Education on Child Malnutrition in Nigeria" Sociology of Development 4(2): 145-168.

Burroway, Rebekah. 2017. "Are All Jobs Created Equal? A Cross-National Analysis of Women's Employment and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries."  Social Science Research 67: 1-13.

Burroway, Rebekah. 2017. "Political Economy, Economic Development, and Capability Development: Integrating Perspectives on Child Health in Developing Countries." Journal of World-Systems Research 23(1): 62-92.

Burroway, Rebekah. 2016. “Democracy and Child Health in Developing Countries. " International Journal of Comparative Sociology  57(5): 338-364.

Burroway, Rebekah. 2016. "Empowering Women, Strengthening Children: A Multi-Level Analysis of Gender Inequality and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries." Advances in Gender Research 22: 117-142.