Elizabeth Frankenberg to lead Carolina Population Center

Elizabeth Frankenberg is the new director of the Carolina Population Center. Frankenberg will oversee all training of the next generation of scholars in related fields.

Elizabeth Frankenberg poses for a portrait
Elizabeth Frankenberg photographed in the studio for the Q&A section of Duke magazine.

Elizabeth Frankenberg became director of the Carolina Population Center (CPC) on July 1.

Most recently Frankenberg served as professor of public policy and sociology at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and as the school’s associate dean for academic programs from 2012-14. Frankenberg succeeds S. Philip Morgan, director of the center since July 2012.

“Her background in research and administration, coupled with her dedication to bringing the best minds together to create effective teams, makes Dr. Frankenberg an exciting and welcome addition to both CPC and Carolina,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Terry Magnuson.

As director, Frankenberg will lead a community of scholars at CPC, renowned for their ground-breaking research on population issues locally and nationally, and in 85 countries across the globe. CPC researchers are engaged in domestic and international studies that cluster around three primary research areas: demography, human reproductive health and population health.

The center is known for its signature approaches that have set the standard for global population research. It also plays a crucial role training the next generation of scholars in these fields. Frankenberg will oversee all of these activities.

In addition, she will serve as professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology.

“I was an undergraduate at UNC, and I’ve always loved the University. It’s an honor to come back and join the faculty,” Frankenberg said. “The warmth and enthusiasm that faculty, staff and students feel about CPC stands out and is inspiring. It’s easy to want to be a part of that.”

Frankenberg received her bachelor’s degree in geography from Carolina, her master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University, and her doctorate from University of Pennsylvania.

Her research interests include the impacts of economic crises and natural disasters — observing their influence on human capital and resource investments at the individual, household, and community level.

Most recently, Frankenberg has examined the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on psycho-social well-being, post-traumatic stress as a function of exposure to community trauma, and the impact of being orphaned by the tsunami on the short- and long-term well-being of children.

Before joining the faculty at Duke, Frankenberg was a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, held numerous leadership positions at the RAND Corporation and served as a population consultant for many international organizations.

Frankenberg has received the Richard Stubbing Award for Graduate Student Mentoring from Duke and the Population Association of America’s Dorothy Thomas Award. She has served on the editorial board of Demography and numerous boards for the Population Association of America.