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Third Coast CFAR Seminar - Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD

Join our partners, the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research in Chicago, for their seminar series featuring a wide variety of experts in AIDS research. 

Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD
Director, Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR)
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology University of Chicago


12pm - 1:00pm

Stonewall Conference Room, 625 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Dr. Trinitapoli’s training and background is in two areas: social demography & the sociology of religion. Bridging these two fields, her work features the demographer’s characteristic concern with data and denominators and an insistence on connecting demographic processes to questions of meaning. She asks questions about data quality.

She has written extensively on the role of religion in the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, but religion permeates her research, even when it isn’t present as a variable. Since 2008 she have been the principal investigator of Tsogolo la Thanzi (TLT)—an ongoing longitudinal study of young adults in Malawi. Demographers use terms like “relationship instability” and “fertility trajectories,” but very plainly: TLT asks how young adults negotiate relationships, sex, and childbearing with a severe AIDS epidemic swirling around them. The TLT research centre, located in Balaka (Southern Malawi), is staffed by over two dozen talented locals and supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.