Jonathan Marc Bearak

Dr. Bearak is a social demographer who works to address inequality in sexual and reproductive health and rights. He has expertise in social stratification, global comparative studies, Bayesian modeling, spatial analysis, and econometrics.

In Spring 2015, Dr. Bearak received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University, and joined the Guttmacher Institute as a Senior Research Scientist. At the Institute, Dr. Bearak leads a portfolio of research which includes the global estimation of unintended fertility and abortion and the causes of trends in these rates; the impact of family planning on earnings inequality; and spatial disparities in access to reproductive healthcare. Additionally, Dr. Bearak is a co-investigator on the Institute's work to improve research on contraceptive failure, in which he is leading the development of new statistical models to better estimate and explain variation in rates across methods, population subgroups, and periods.

Dr. Bearak has published research in The Lancet, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Demographic Research, and other scientific journals. His research has been featured by National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Time, the BBC, and other international media.

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