Megan Costa

Postdoc Asst (FSC) nb2008
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus


Megan is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University’s  T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics who completed a dual Ph.D. in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center  and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology  in August 2016. She joined Dr. Natalie Eggum-Wilkens' ECLiPSE Lab in August 2016. She teaches Sociology 333: Population within the SSFD. 


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2016: Demography and Sociology (joint)

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2014: Demography

M.S.c., London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2012: Demography and Health

B.A., University of Washington, 2009: Anthropology with Distinction

Research Interests

Fertility, maternal and child health, and family demography; my research interests lie at the intersection of maternal health and household determinants of child well-being. These areas are key in the reproduction of health disparities, leaving their mark in the childhood years and hold long-term implications for health across the life course. Current projects explore fertility, fertility intentions, and child health in the  Tsimane , a population experiencing rapid demographic, economic, and dietary transitions in the Bolivian lowlands. I am also working with data from the  Young Lives Cohort Study to better understand the intersection of child health and aging in low and middle income countries.


Costa, M. E., Trumble, B., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. D. (2018). Child nutritional status among births exceeding ideal family size in a high fertility population. Maternal & child nutrition, e12625 IF: 3.23

Gurven, M., Costa, M., Trumble, B., Stieglitz, J., Beheim, B., Rodriguez, D. E., Hooper P. L., & Kaplan, H. (2016.) Health costs of reproduction are minimal despite high fertility, mortality and subsistence lifestyle, Scientific Reports, 6. doi:10.1028/srep30056 IF: 5.228

Rajaratnam, J. K., Marcus, J. R., Flaxman, A. D., Wang, H., Levin-Rector, A., Dwyer, L., Costa, M., Lopez, A. D., & Murray, C. J. (2010). Neonatal, postneonatal, childhood, and under-5 mortality for 187 countries, 1970–2010: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 4. The Lancet375(9730), 1988-2008. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60703-9 IF: 45.217

Rajaratnam, J. K., Marcus, J. R., Levin-Rector, A., Chalupka, A. N., Wang, H., Dwyer, L., Costa, M., Lopez, A.D., & Murray, C. J. (2010). Worldwide mortality in men and women aged 15–59 years from 1970 to 2010: a systematic analysis. The Lancet375(9727), 1704-1720. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60517-X IF: 45.217


Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOC 333 Population
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SOC 333 Population

Professional Associations

Population Association of America

American Sociological Assocation 


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