Anna Bolgrien
Research Specialist
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Faculty Advisor
Areas of Expertise
Demography, Survey Methodology, Research Design, Childhood Studies, International Development


    Anna Bolgrien is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a focus in global policy and international development.  Her background is in demography and population studies with her primary research interests on the design and production of demographic data in developing countries. She applies her work to the development of research methodologies appropriate for children and youth in Tanzania, Nepal, and Brazil with the Animating Children's Views project (PI: Dr. Deborah Levison, PhD).  She currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant on the IPUMS- International data project. She was also a MPC Graduate Student Predoctoral Trainee in Population Studies (2016-2019) where she pursued (and continues to research) a variety of demographic topics including infant mortality, urban slum migration, epidemics and fertility, and childhood disability.


    MA in Demography and Social Analysis (University of California, Irvine, 2016)

    BA in International Relations and Russian (Lawrence University in Government, 2015)

    Anna Bolgrien, Deborah Levison, and Frances Vavrus "Complicating Research on Children's Right to be Heard: Generational Power and Risk,'' chapter in Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents:  Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time, Deborah Levison, Mary Jo Maynes and Frances Vavrus, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

    Margaret L. McNairy, MD, MSc; Olga Tymejczyk; Vanessa Rivera; Grace Seo; Audrey Dorélien; Mireille Peck; Jacky Petion; Kathleen F. Walsh; Anna Bolgrien; Denis Nash; Jean W. Pape; Daniel W. Fitzgerald "High burden of non-communicable diseases among a young slum population in Haiti." Journal of Urban Health (June 2019)

    Anna Bolgrien "The Impact of the 2014-2016 West African Ebola Outbreak on Fertility in Sierra Leone." Presented at Population Association of America 2019 (Austin, USA)

    Anna Bolgrien “Animating Children’s Views: Can adults learn from and about kids via large scale surveys?” Blog post for Youth Circulations at