Sarah Brauner-Otto

Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-5682
Fax: 514-398-7276
E-mail: sarah [dot] brauner-otto [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Office: Leacock 728

Research Areas

Demography, Family Sociology, Fertility, Macro-Micro Linkages, Environmental Sociology



(PhD, University of Michigan, 2007) Assistant Professor at McGill since 2013)


Dr. Brauner-Otto is a demographer whose research interests fall in the areas of fertility and family demography. Her research program centers around the relationship between social context and the individual, specifically as it relates to the family. One part of her research program investigates how specific dimensions or characteristics of social context influence individual family-related behaviors. For example, the specific services offered by a community organization, type of religious practices, or the specific kinds of natural resources available. A second part of Brauner-Otto’s research investigates the roles of attitudes and intergenerational relationships in linking macro characteristics to micro behavior. The third part extends beyond these substantive issues to include data collection and analytic methods, particularly geo-spatial issues. Brauner-Otto conducts research in multiple locales—including the U.S., Nepal, and Europe—all settings with different social contexts, demographics, and family life patterns. 


Selected Publications

Brauner-Otto, Sarah R. 2013. “Attitudes about Children and Fertility Limitation Behavior.” Population Research and Policy Review 32(1): 1-24. (PMID: 23745013)    

Brauner-Otto, Sarah R. 2012. “Schools, Their Spatial Distribution and Characteristics, and Fertility Limitation.” Rural Sociology 77(3): 321-354. (PMID: 23162168)            

Brauner-Otto, Sarah R., Jennifer Yarger, and Joyce Abma. 2012.“Does it Matter How You Ask? Question Wording and Males’ Reporting of Contraceptive Use at Last Sex.” Social Science Research 41(5): 1028-1036. (PMID: 23017915)

Brauner-Otto, Sarah R. and William G. Axinn. 2010. “Family Structure, Timing of First Sex, and Contraceptive Use.” Social Science Research 39(6): 875-893. (PMID: 21079724)

Brauner-Otto, Sarah R. 2009. “Schools, Schooling, and Children’s Support of Their Aging Parents.” Ageing & Society 29(7): 1015-39. (PMID: 20161526)

Rindfuss, Ronald R. and Sarah R. Brauner-Otto. 2008. “Institutions and the Transition to Adulthood: Implications for fertility tempo in low fertility settings. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 57-87. (PMID: 20622992)

Brauner-Otto, Sarah R., William G. Axinn, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2007. “The Spread of Health Services and Fertility Transition.” Demography 44(4): 747-70. (PMID: 18232209)


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

SOCI 234 Population and Society

SOCI 405 Family over the Life Course

Graduate Seminar:

SOCI 626 Demographic Methods