Audrey Dorélien

Assistant Professor
public health; demography; international development

Audrey Dorélien is an assistant professor in the global policy area and an affiliate of the Minnesota Population Center. Her research agenda strives to elucidate how human population dynamics and behavior intersect with environmental conditions to affect health. Her dissertation research documented human birth seasonality in sub-Saharan Africa, identifying the social and ecological drivers of birth seasonality and analyzing the impact of birth seasonality on infectious disease dynamics and optimal timing of pulse vaccination campaigns.

Her current research focuses on the effects of early life exposures (i.e., disease/nutrition/climate) on health. Professor Dorélien has also conducted research on spatial demography/urbanization with a focus on implications for health and climate change vulnerability. Her research has appeared in Population Development Review, Population Health Metrics, and PLoS ONE.

Prior to joining the Humphrey School faculty she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center and Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. She earned her PhD in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in demography from the Office of Population Research.

In The Media

Assistant Professor Audrey Dorélien was a guest on this program discussing the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on pregnant women. 

MPR News
April 1, 2020

Assistant Professor Audrey Dorélien co-wrote this commentary on the need for dramatically increased testing for COVID-19. 

USA Today
March 26, 2020