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IMG 20181104 WA0010Hilde Bras is Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the History Department of the University of Groningen. Her research interests are in the field of global demography and health, focusing particularly on fertility and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, family and kinship relations, and gender inequalities from a long-term perspective. In her current research she investigates the relation between gender, reproduction, and child and adolescent nutritional status in 19th-century Europe and contemporary sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She earned a Master's degree (hons) in American Studies (1993) from the University of Groningen and a PhD in Sociology (2002) from Utrecht University. Bras has published on fertility, migration, social mobility, long-term family and kinship change, marriage, and child nutritional status in, amongst others, Demography, Population Studies, Demographic Research, Journal of Biosocial Science and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. From 2011 to 2016 she led the NWO-funded VIDI-project "The Power of the Family. Family Influences on Long-Term Fertility Decline in Europe, 1850-2010". Bras is an elected member of the Social Sciences Council (SWR) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a board member of the Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN). She is a senior research associate of the Global Data Lab (Radboud University), MC Substitute to COST Action CA19112 "Women on the Move" (WEMove), chair of the Nominating Committee of the Social Science History Association (2020-2021), and editorial board member of the Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History (TSEG).

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