(734) 763-8649

Director – Institute for Social & Environment Research – Nepal
Research Professor, Population Studies Center
Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, University of Michigan

Research Interests
Dr. Ghimire studies social change, developmental idealism, family and demography, population and environment dynamics. His research within family and demography revolves around three sub areas- marriage (marital arrangement, marital relationship and relationship dynamics), childbearing (timing of first birth), and fertility limitation (contraceptive use). In addition, he also studies reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and mental health and well-being. Another major area of Dr. Ghimire’s research focuses on understanding of the interplay between population and environmental processes (reciprocal impacts of population processes on land use and terrestrial biodiversity, and environmental degradation on childbearing, contraceptive use, individual mobility and household energy use). More recently his work has focused on ideational aspects of these substantive areas.



 (734) 763-8649

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Research Professor, Survey Research Center.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan

Dr. Axinn is professor of survey research, population studies, sociology and public policy at the University of Michigan. Axinn is a social demographer studying community, inter-generational, and social psychological influences on marriage, childbearing, reproductive health, mental health and the natural environment. He is former director of Michigan’s Survey Research Center with an active program of methodological research on longitudinal studies, survey data collection and mixed method studies. He is director of the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), a 20-year, mixed method longitudinal study in Nepal and deputy director of the Michigan team implementing the U.S. National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) on behalf of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).



734.615.0286 or 647.3409

Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
Professor, Department of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University

Brian Rowan is the Burke A. Hinsdale Collegiate Professor in Education, a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and a professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. A sociologist by training (Ph.D., Stanford University), Rowan’s scholarly interests lie at the intersection of organization theory and school effectiveness research. Over the years, he has written about schooling as an institution, paying special attention to the organization and management of instruction in schools, the nature of teachers’ and school leaders’ work, and how schooling affects students’ academic achievement. Rowan consults widely with government agencies and private research and development organizations in the United States, has served on the editorial boards of leading journals in education, and is the author, co-author, or editor of four books, 70 scholarly articles, and numerous technical reports and research monographs. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Rowan was chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University and before that, a senior research director at the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development in San Francisco, California. In 1994, he received the William J. Davis Award for distinguished scholarship in the field of educational administration, and in 2007, he was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Education.