People

Current Directors

William G. Axinn

William G. Axinn

Research Professor, Population Studies Center, ISR, University of Michigan

William G. Axinn is a professor of survey research, population studies, sociology and public policy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Axinn is a social demographer studying community, intergenerational, and social psychological influences on marriage, childbearing, reproductive health, mental health and the natural environment. He is director of the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), a 23-year mixed method longitudinal study in Nepal. Dr. Axinn has expertise in the creation of data products and dissemination of large survey data sets to new users. Dr. Axinn is also a former director of Michigan’s Survey Research Center with an active program of methodological research on longitudinal studies, survey data collection and mixed method studies.

Link to CV: https://micda.psc.isr.umich.edu/people/cv/23825577064540260077/William_G_Axinn_cv.pdf

Dirgha J. Ghimire

Dirgha J. Ghimire

Research Associate Professor, Population Studies Center, ISR, University of Michigan

Dr. Dirgha Ghimire is a research associate professor at Michigan’s Population Studies Center. He is a social demographer with expertise in family and demographic behavior, environment dynamics and research methods. Dr. Ghimire has managed field operations in Nepal for all aspects of the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) since its inception in 1994, as well as directed all aspects of previous waves of both social and environmental data collections. Dr. Ghimire has coauthored several papers on data collection methods, family change, population processes, and environmental dynamics, and has taught courses on these topics. He has designed and conducted over a dozen data users’ workshops and survey data analysis workshops in Ann Arbor and Nepal. Of particular importance is Dr. Ghimire’s intimate knowledge of the CVFS to increase usability by the scientific community and policy makers. Workshop attendees will appreciate Dr. Ghimire’s combination of experience and expertise, along with his active methodological program of research.

Link to CV: https://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/people/cv.php?i=183353353931460662325&f=Dirgha_J_Ghimire_cv.pdf

Contributing Scientists

Keera Allendorf
Jennifer Barber
Prem Bhandari
Ann Biddlecom
Sarah Brauner-Otto
Neil Carter
Stephanie Chardoul
Nell Compernolle
Dharma Dangol
Tom Fricke

Heather Gatny
Lynette Hoelter
Elyse Jennings
Jennifer Mamer
Douglas Massey
Stephen Matthews
Colter Mitchell
Susan Murphy
Lisa Pearce
Meeta Pradhan

Paul Schulz
Emily Smith-Greenaway
Cathy Sun
Arland Thornton
Emily Treleaven
Yashas Vaidya
Nathalie Williams
Scott Yabiku
Linda Young-DeMarco
Alex Zvoleff

Baseline Design Team

William Axinn, Jennifer Barber, Tom Fricke, Dirgha Ghimire, Dan Hill, and Arland Thornton