Jenna Nobles

Position title: CDE Director; Professor, Sociology


Phone: (608) 262-4024

4456 Sewell Social Sciences

Department of Sociology
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Curriculum vitae


I am a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the current director of the Center for Demography and Ecology. I study how people make decisions about migration and fertility and the implications of these decisions for population change. My current projects include the links between residential change and crime, anticipatory migration behavior, demographic responses to the diffusion of health risks, and the reconstruction of hidden population traits. My research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, William T. Grant Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I am the Assistant Director of UW-Madison’s Health Disparities Research post-doctoral scholars program.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Demography of Inequality; Fertility, Families, and Households; Health and the Life Course; Spatial and Environmental Demography

Selected Publications

Kindig, David, Jenna Nobles, and Moheb Zidan. “Meeting the Institute of Medicine’s 2030 Us Life Expectancy Target.” American Journal of Public Health 108, no. 1 (2018): 87-92. PubMed Central ID 5719677.

Nobles, Jenna, Amar Hamoudi, R. Nowak, E. Landau, A. Baron, J. Brittingham, and B. Mason. “Place-Based Variation in Early Pregnancy Loss: Evidence from Population Data.” 25 (2018): 278a-79a. PubMed Central ID.

Valentine, Jessa, Brad Barham, Seth Gitter, and Jenna Nobles. “Migration and the Pursuit of Education in Southern Mexico.” Comparative Education Review 61, no. 1 (2017): 141-75. PubMed Central ID 984723.

Seltzer, Nathan, and Jenna Nobles. “Post-Disaster Fertility: Hurricane Katrina and the Changing Racial Composition of New Orleans.” Population and Environment 38, no. 4 (2017): 465-90. PubMed Central ID 5703431.

Nobles, Jenna, Luis Rubalcava, and Graciela Teruel. “After Spouses Depart: Emotional Wellbeing among Nonmigrant Mexican Mothers.” Social Science & Medicine 132 (2015): 236-44. PubMed Central ID 4562970.

Nobles, Jenna, Elizabeth Frankenberg, and Duncan Thomas. “The Effects of Mortality on Fertility: Population Dynamics after a Natural Disaster.” Demography 52, no. 1 (2015): 15-38. PubMed Central ID 4411230.

Nobles, Jenna, and Christopher McKelvey. “Gender, Power, and Emigration from Mexico.” Demography 52, no. 5 (2015): 1573-600. PubMed Central ID 4607611.

Zhang, Xiao, Ana Martinez-Donate, Jenna Nobles, Melbourne Hovell, Maria Rangel, and Natalie Rhoads. “Substance Use across Different Phases of the Migration Process: A Survey of Mexican Migrants Flows.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17, no. 6 (2015): 1746-57. PubMed Central ID 4506267.

Hamoudi, Amar, and Jenna Nobles. “Do Daughters Really Cause Divorce? Stress, Pregnancy, and Family Composition.” Demography 51, no. 4 (2014): 1423-49. PubMed Central ID 4411232.

Nobles, Jenna. “Migration and Father Absence: Shifting Family Structure in Mexico.” Demography 50 no. 4 (2013): 1303-1314.

Frankenberg, Elizabeth, Jenna Nobles, and Cecep Sumantri. “Community Destruction and Traumatic Stress in Post-Tsunami Indonesia.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53 no.4 (2012): 500-516.