Portrait of Audrey Dorelien
Assistant Professor
234 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Global Policy Area
Social Policy Area
Areas of Expertise
Public health; demography; international development; data visualization; infectious diseases


    Audrey Dorélien is an assistant professor in the global policy and the social policy & policy analysis areas 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 both in the United States and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Dorélien has also conducted research on spatial demography/ urbanization with a focus on implications health and climate change vulnerability. Her research has appeared in Population Development Review, Population Health Metrics, Biodemography and Social Biology, Demographic Research, and PLoS ONE.

    Prior to joining the Humphrey 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.


    PhD in Public Affairs (Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2012)

    BA in Honors Economics and Biology (Swarthmore College, 2004)

    Dorelien, A., Ramen, A., Swanson, I. & Hill, R. (2021). Analyzing the demographic, spatial, and temporal factors influencing social contact patterns in US and implications for infectious disease spread, BMC Infectious Disease, 21(1),

    Grace, K., Verdin, A., Dorélien, A., Davenport, F., Funk, C. & Husak, G. (2021). Exploring Strategies for Investigating the Mechanisms Linking Climate and Individual-Level Child Health Outcomes: An Analysis of Birth Weight in Mali, Demography, 58(2), 499-526

    Dorelien, A. & Xu, H. (2020). Estimating rural urban disparities in self-rated health in China: Impact of choice of urban definition, Demographic Research,

    Dorelien, A. (2020). Minnesota Social Contacts and Mixing Patterns Survey with Implications for Modelling of Infectious Disease Transmission and Control, Survey Practice, 13(1),

    Davenport, F., Dorélien, A. & Grace, K. (2020). Investigating the linkages between pregnancy outcomes and climate in sub-Saharan Africa, Population and Environment, 41(4), 397-421

    Tymejczyk, O., Rivera, V., Peck, M., Dorélien, A., Petion, J., Seo, G., Walsh, K., Pape, J. W., Mcnairy, M., Fitzgerald, D. W., Nash, D. & Parcesepe, A. (2020). Psychological distress among a population-representative sample of residents of four slum neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Journal of Affective Disorders,

    Dorélien, A. (2019). The effect of in utero exposure to influenza on birth and infant outcomes in the US, Population and Development Review, 45(3), 489-523

    McNairy, M. L., Tymejczyk, O., Rivera, V., Seo, G., Dorélien, A., Peck, M., Petion, J., Walsh, K., Bolgrien, A., Nash, D., Pape, J. & Fitzgerald, D. W. (2019). High Burden of Non-communicable Diseases among a Young Slum Population in Haiti, Journal of Urban Health,