My research straddles three disciplinary realms: demography, contemporary Chinese society and global health. I focus on a range of population and health issues in developing countries that intersect frontline public policy, such as the role of China's population control program in lowering fertility preferences and fertility rates in China, the social and behavioral determinants of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and the methodological evaluation and implementation of network-based approaches to sample hard-to-reach and hidden populations such as those at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as undocumented migrants.
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Director of the Duke Population Research Center
Research Professor of Global Health
Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology
M.A. 1993, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. 1996, University of Pennsylvania
Attané, I., L. Eklund, M. G. Merli, M. Bozon, T. Angeloff, B. Yang, S. Li, et al. “Understanding Bachelorhood in Poverty-stricken and High Sex Ratio Settings: An Exploratory Study in Rural Shaanxi, China.” China Quarterly, January 1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741019000390.
Merli, M Giovanna, Ashton Verdery, Ted Mouw, and Jing Li. “Sampling Migrants from their Social Networks: The Demography and Social Organization of Chinese Migrants in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania..” Migration Studies 4, no. 2 (July 2016): 182–214. https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnw004.
Verdery, Ashton M., M Giovanna Merli, James Moody, Jeffrey A. Smith, and Jacob C. Fisher. “Brief Report: Respondent-driven Sampling Estimators Under Real and Theoretical Recruitment Conditions of Female Sex Workers in China..” Epidemiology 26, no. 5 (September 2015): 661–65. https://doi.org/10.1097/EDE.0000000000000335.
Merli, M Giovanna, James Moody, Joshua Mendelsohn, and Robin Gauthier. “Sexual Mixing in Shanghai: Are Heterosexual Contact Patterns Compatible With an HIV/AIDS Epidemic?.” Demography 52, no. 3 (June 2015): 919–42. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-015-0383-4.
Kimani, Stephen M., Melissa H. Watt, M Giovanna Merli, Donald Skinner, Bronwyn Myers, Desiree Pieterse, Jessica C. MacFarlane, and Christina S. Meade. “Respondent driven sampling is an effective method for engaging methamphetamine users in HIV prevention research in South Africa..” Drug Alcohol Depend 143 (October 1, 2014): 134–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.07.018.