Elizabeth Hervey Stephen

Associate Professor of Demography, School of Foreign Service

Professor Elizabeth Hervey Stephen has been a member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1987 and was the Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program in the Edumund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a research assistant for the Center of Population Research, University of Texas, Austin; a social science analyst for the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; a survey statistician for the U.S. Bureau of the Census; and a demographer for the Denver Regional Council of Governments. She also has taught at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently conducting research on the demography of South and North Korea.

She is a specialist on the demography of infertility. Along with her collaborator, Dr. Anjani Chandra, she has examined correlates of medical service use for infertility patients and projected future numbers of infertile women. She is currently studying infertility in Western and Eastern Europe. In addition, she is researching the infertility industry. She has conducted focus groups of women who have undergone or are undergoing infertility treatment as well as interviewing key players in the infertility industry (reproductive endocrinologists, mental health workers, insurance representatives, etc.).