Katherine Tierney

Katherine Tierney
Assistant Professor
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3233 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
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Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008 USA
  • PhD, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020
  • M.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
  • B.A., Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College, 2011
Teaching interests: 
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Family
  • Demography
  • Sociology of health & population health
Research interests: 
  • Social demography
  • Fertility
  • Health inequalities

Dr. Kate Tierney is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University. Her research interests are in health, fertility, family, and social demography. Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Tierney's research is structured around the goal of uncovering the social mechanisms and structural causes of inequalities in fertility in order to support the development of policies and interventions to improve equity and wellbeing. Tierney's current projects focus on inequalities in access, use, and outcomes of reproductive health technologies. Her work has been published in refereed journals including Fertility and Sterility, Population Research and Policy Review, and Social Science & Medicine.

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