Jenna Nobles

Position title: Professor of Sociology, Director of CDE


Phone: (608) 262-4024

4446 Sewell Social Sciences

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Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interest Statement:

I am a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 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 Associate Director of the Center for Demography and Ecology and the Assistant Director of UW-Madison’s Health Disparities Research post-doctoral scholars program.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Demography and Ecology, Economic Change and Development, Gender, Medical Sociology, Family, Methods and Statistics, Social Stratification


Soc 170 Population Problems
Soc 756 Demographic Techniques-II
Soc 971 Migration and Migrants
Soc/CLS 470 Sociodemographic Analysis of Mexico-US Migration

Other Campus Affiliations:

Center for Demography and Ecology
Institute for Research on Poverty
Wisconsin Migration Research Group
Center For Demography of Health and Aging 
Chican@ & Latin@ Studies

Selected Publications:

Kindig, David, Jenna Nobles, and Moheb Zidan. 2018. “Meeting the Institute of Medicine’s 2030 Us Life Expectancy Target.” American Journal of Public Health 108(1): 87-92. PMCID 5719677.

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

Valentine, Jessa, Brad Barham, Seth Gitter, and Jenna Nobles. 2017. “Migration and the Pursuit of Education in Southern Mexico.” Comparative Education Review 61(1): 141-75. PMCID 984723.

Seltzer, Nathan, and Jenna Nobles. 2017. “Post-Disaster Fertility: Hurricane Katrina and the Changing Racial Composition of New Orleans.” Population and Environment 38(4): 465-90. PMCID 5703431.

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

Nobles, Jenna, Elizabeth Frankenberg, and Duncan Thomas. 2015. “The Effects of Mortality on Fertility: Population Dynamics after a Natural Disaster.” Demography 52(1): 15-38. PMCID 4411230.

Nobles, Jenna, and Christopher McKelvey. 2015. “Gender, Power, and Emigration from Mexico.” Demography 52(5): 1573-600. PMCID 4607611.

Zhang, Xiao, Ana Martinez-Donate, Jenna Nobles, Melbourne Hovell, Maria Rangel, and Natalie Rhoads. 2015. “Substance Use across Different Phases of the Migration Process: A Survey of Mexican Migrants Flows.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17(6): 1746-57. PMCID 4506267.

Hamoudi, Amar, and Jenna Nobles. 2014. “Do Daughters Really Cause Divorce? Stress, Pregnancy, and Family Composition.” Demography 51(4): 1423-49. PMCID 4411232.

Nobles, Jenna. 2013. “Migration and Father Absence: Shifting Family Structure in Mexico.” Demography 50(4): 1303-1314.

Frankenberg, Elizabeth, Jenna Nobles, and Cecep Sumantri. 2012. “Community Destruction and Traumatic Stress in Post-Tsunami Indonesia.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53(4): 500-516.