Skip Navigation

Faculty Directory

Stéphane Helleringer, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E3545
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


View Current Courses


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
MA, Université Paris-Nanterre, 2000
BA, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, 1998


I'm a social demographer with interests in 1) the measurement of demographic indicators in countries with limited data, and 2) the impact of social networks on population health. I have conducted the Likoma Network Study, a study that produced a detailed "map" of the sexual networks through which HIV has spread extensively in a small island community of East Africa. My current work focuses primarily on testing new approaches to collecting demographic data in settings where civil registration systems are incomplete. For example, in Senegal, I'm developing new tools to measure age from photographs using computer vision and machine learning. In several other countries (Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Uganda and Bangladesh), I'm conducting trials of a new questionnaire to measure adult and maternal mortality.

  • Demography
  • Global health
  • Social Networks
  • Mortality and Causes of Death
  • Ebola

Selected publications

  • Improving Age Measurement in Low- and Middle-income Countries through Computer Vision: a test in Senegal Helleringer, Stéphane, Chong You, Laurence Fleury, Laetitia Douillot, Insa Diouf, Valerie Delaunay, and René Vidal. 2018. Demographic Research, 40:219-260.
  • Did Ebola relatively spare children? Helleringer S, Noymer A, Clark SJ, McCormick T. Lancet. 2015 Oct 10;386(10002):1442-3
  • Improving survey data on pregnancy-related deaths in low-and middle-income countries: a validation study in Senegal. Helleringer S, Pison G, Masquelier B, Kanté AM, Douillot L, Ndiaye CT, Duthé G, Sokhna C, Delaunay V. Trop Med Int Health. 2015 Nov;20(11):1415-1423.
  • Magnitude of Ebola relative to other causes of death in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Helleringer S, Noymer A. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 May;3(5):e255-6
  • Improving the quality of adult mortality data collected in demographic surveys: validation study of a new siblings' survival questionnaire in Niakhar, Senegal. Helleringer S, Pison G, Masquelier B, Kanté AM, Douillot L, Duthé G, Sokhna C, Delaunay V. PLoS Med. 2014 May 27;11(5):e1001652