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Michelle J. Hindin, PhD

  • Professor - Adjunct

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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1998
MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1990


My areas of interest include reproductive health, women's international health,household gender dynamics,initimate partner violence, and decision-making autonomy and power. I bring an interest in these problems from both a demographic and sociological perspective. My research interests focus primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and the Philippines. My long-term goals are to gain a better understanding of the relationship between household dynamics, gender relations, and the individual and societal factors that influence or impinge upon health choices. I hope that results from my research will enable policy-makers and activists to better address persistent gender inequalities. In blending training from sociology and demography, I hope to integrate knowledge about the importance of culture and setting with data collection, sophisticated analytical techniques, and methodology.

Honors and Awards

AMTRA Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007 Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health-Alpha Chapter (2005-present) AMTRA Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2003 Comfort-Starr Prize for Excellence in Sociology, Oberlin College 1988 On-the-Spot Award, The National Institutes of Health, 1998

  • Reproductive health, 
  • household decision-making autonomy and empowerment, women's health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender, intimate partner violence

Selected Recent Publications (of over 80) * Denotes publications conducted while student was advised by Dr. Hindin

  • Hindin, M.J. (In Press) “The influence of adolescent childbearing on women's attitudes towards wife beating in sub-Saharan Africa.” Maternal and Child Health Journal
  • Hindin, M.J., McGough, L.J., and Adanu, R.M. (2014)  “Misperceptions, misinformation and myths about modern contraceptive use in Ghana,” Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 40:30-35.
  • Hindin, M.J., Christiansen, C.S., and Ferguson, B.J.  (2013) “Setting Research Priorities for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization 91:10-18
  • Cox, C.M.,*, Hindin, M.J.,Otupiri, E. and Larsen-Reindorf, R.  (2013) “Understanding couple relationship quality and contraceptive use in Kumasi, Ghana” International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health  39(4):185–194
  • Schwandt, H.M.*, Creanga, A.A., Danso, K.A., Adanu, R.M., Agbenyega, T., and Hindin, M.J.  (2013) Pathways to unsafe abortion in Ghana: The role of male partners, women, and health care providers Contraception 88(4):509-17.