Simona Bignami

Associate Professor Simona BignamiAssociate Professor

Département de démographie
l'Université de Montréal
3150, rue Jean-Brillant
Montreal, Québec
H3T 1N8

Tel. 514-343-7842
Email: simona.bignami [at]
Office C5038

Departmental Profile

Professor Bignami an Associate Professor in the Department of Demography at l'Université de Montréal. Her research interests are mainly in the areas of demographic indicators of population health, aboriginal demography, demography in developing countries, HIV/AIDS, family dynamics, social and economic determinants of health, and longitudinal survey data collection and analysis. She is also currently the director of the Research Group on Aboriginal Demography/Groupe d'Étude sur la Démographie Autochtone and the co-investigator of the Niakhar Social Networks and Health Project.



  1. Social Statistics
  2. Indigenous
  3. Methods of demographic analysis
  4. Sub- Saharan Africa



PhD in Demography (2004): University of Pennsylvania


Recent publications:

Simard-Gendron, Anais and Bignami-Van Assche S. (Forthcoming). God or the State? "The role of religiosity and nationalism to explain fertility differentials in Israel and the Jewish settlements of the West Bank and Gaza Strip” Yearbook of International Religious Demography.

Bignami-Van Assche, Simona. (2015). Migration et rayonnement international du Québec, in: Warin, Thierry, Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné et Ari Van Assche, L’économie du Québec : contexte et enjeux internationaux, Montréal : CIRANO et Presses Internationales Polytechnique.

Guiella, Georges, Bignami-Van Assche S, and LeGrand, TK. (2013). Why are virgin adolescents worried about contracting HIV/AIDS? Evidence from Four sub-Saharan African Countries, African Journal of Reproductive Health (Special Edition on HIV/AIDS), vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 32-50.