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Sara Yeatman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae​

Email: Sara Yeatman

Office Location: North Classroom 3025B
Phone: (303) 556-3555
Fax: (303) 556-8501
Office Hours: On sabbatical 2015-16 but available via email

Areas of Expertise:

Sociology, demography, fertility intentions, reproductive health, HIV, sub-Saharan Africa 

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas, Austin



M.Sc., Demography and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

B.A., International Relations and Environmental Studies, Tufts University


A sociologist and demographer by training, Dr. Yeatman’s research centers on three areas: the social consequences of HIV/AIDS, fertility preference dynamics, and the creative measurement of sensitive information.

Recently, Yeatman helped design and run a three-year panel study (2009-2012) of 3,000 young men, women and couples in southern Malawi (Tsogolo la Thanzi,, which examined how young adults navigated marriage and childbearing in a generalized AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Yeatman earned a PhD in Sociology (with a demography specialization) from the University of Texas at Austin and a MSc in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Angotti, Nicole, Michelle Poulin, Margaret Frye, Amy Kaler, Susan Watkins and Sara Yeatman [equal authorship]. 2014. “Popular Moralities and Institutional Rationalities in Malawi’s Struggle Against AIDS.” Population and Development Review.

Yeatman, Sara and Christie Sennott. 2014. “The Relationship Between Partners’ Family Size Preferences in Southern Malawi.” Studies in Family Planning.

Grant, Monica and Sara Yeatman. 2014. “The Impact of Family Transitions on Child Fostering in Rural Malawi.” Demography. 51[1]: 205-228.

Yeatman, Sara, Christie Sennott and Steven Culpepper. 2013. “Young Women’s Dynamic Family Size Preferences in the Context of Transitioning Fertility.” Demography. 50[5]: 1715-1737.

Conroy, Amy, Sara Yeatman and Kathryn Dovel. 2013. “The Social Construction of AIDS During a Time of Evolving Access to Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural Malawi.” Culture, Health & Sexuality. 15[8]: 924-37.

Grant, Monica and Sara Yeatman. 2012. “The Relationship between Orphanhood and Child Fostering in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Population Studies. 66[3]: 279-295.

a and Jenny Trinitapoli. 2011. “Best-Friend Reports: A Tool for Measuring the Prevalence of Sensitive Behaviors.” American Journal of Public Health 101[9]: 1666-1667.

Trinitapoli, Jenny and Sara Yeatman. 2011. “Uncertainty and Fertility in a Generalized AIDS Epidemic.” American Sociological Review 76[6]: 935-954.

Yeatman, Sara. 2011. “‘HIV is the Enemy of Childbearers’: The Construction of Local Epidemiology in Rural Malawi.” Culture, Health & Sexuality 13[4]: 471-483.

Yeatman, Sara. 2009. “HIV Infection and Fertility Preferences in Rural Malawi.” Studies in Family Planning 40(4): 261-276.

Yeatman, Sara. 2009. “The Impact of HIV Status and Perceived Status on Fertility Desires in Rural Malawi.” AIDS & Behavior 13: S12-S19.

HBSC 7041: Research Design in the Health and Behavioral Sciences

PBHL 3070: Perspectives in Global Health​​

PUBH 3071: Global Topics in Sexual and Reproductive Health

PUBH 2051: Introduction to Population Studies