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William G. Robertson Jr. Professorship in Population and Family Planning

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Established in 2007 by the Estate of William G. Robertson, Jr.

RobertsonWilliamWILLIAM G. ROBERTSON JR. (1913-2007) was a generous supporter of Hopkins dating back to 1951. He was a past president of Henry Adams Inc., a mechanical and electrical engineering firm that was involved in the design of many of the buildings on the East Baltimore campus. Mr. Robertson became particularly interested in the School of Public Health in the 1970s as a volunteer with Planned Parenthood.

This professorship was created to support the school’s pioneering research and outreach programs in world population, an area of study scientists believe to be vital in the 21st century and an area of particular concern to Mr. Robertson.


Held by Philip Anglewicz

PHILIP ANGLEWICZ, Ph.D., is the William G. Robertson, Jr. Professor in Population and Family Planning in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

Dr. Anglewicz’s primary research interest is demographic change in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Dr. Anglewicz serves as the Director of the Research Program for the Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) Project, which has collected representative data on key family planning and reproductive health measures in more than ten countries since 2013. In this capacity, Dr. Anglewicz examines the extent to which intended contraceptive use and fertility predicts actual fertility and contraceptive use, factors associated with change in contraceptive use over time (discontinuation, switching, adoption), economic empowerment and contraceptive use, the relationship between migration and contraceptive use, trends and patterns in use of DMPA-SC, and measurement and research methods related to family planning and reproductive health research.

In addition to his work in fertility and family planning, Dr. Anglewicz also examines the impact of infectious disease on social and demographic outcomes. He is a Co-PI of a study on surviving the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Malawi, which continues a longitudinal panel study of rural Malawians who have been interviewed since 1998 (funded through an NIH R01 grant). Dr. Anglewicz is also the Co-PI of an NIH-funded R21 grant on the demographic impact of the Ebola epidemic on social and demographic outcomes in Sierra Leone. Dr. Anglewicz has studied the relationship between internal migration, health, and HIV status in SSA; including extensive data collection for internal migrants in Malawi (funded through an NIH R21 grant). Dr. Anglewicz also conducts domestic research; he is part of a study that examines medium and long-term recovery and resilience after Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast area.

Dr. Anglewicz also serves as a member of the Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section (SSPA) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and a member of the editorial board for Demography, PLoS One, and BMC Women’s Health.