I am social demographer interested in the demographic, health and social aspects of aging in low and middle income contexts. My approach to study global health, aging and mortality is based on the life-course perspective and in several projects and publications in collaboration with other researchers we have shown the long legacy of early childhood factors on health outcomes in late life in different contexts. I am leading a portfolio of research projects that critically evaluates social, demographic and epidemiological theories of aging outside the realm of the transitional aging studies that are focused on upper-middle-income and high-income contexts.
I am also the Associate Director of the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a Scholar of the Center for Global Health, Upenn.
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Southern Denmark, Odense 2001
M.A. German Philology, University of Vienna, Austria 1996
Clinical Research, Certificate, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 2013