Candas Pinar

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B.A. Religious Studies, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors (Brown University);
M.A. Near Eastern Studies (Princeton University)
Areas of Interest: 
Comparative and Historical sociology; Gender; Family; Demography; Middle East & North Africa; the Muslim world.

I am interested in the social and historical context of fertility preferences and behaviors. My dissertation examines why the sex ratio at birth in Azerbaijan is currently the second highest in the world, even though women make up roughly half the industrial labor force and outnumber men in higher education enrollment. To address this paradox, I draw on quantitative and qualitative data sources, including Demographic and Health Surveys data as well as original interview data collected in the capital city of Baku. My qualitative research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.

In addition to my dissertation, I am also working on two co-authored studies with Vida Maralani. One examines the impact of parents’ sex preferences for children on girls’ outcomes. The other looks at husband-wife differences in son preference and asks which parent’s preference has greater influence over a couple’s son-targeting fertility behavior. Both projects use Demographic and Health Surveys data from 53 developing countries.   

Selected Publications