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Holly Reed
Position: Associate Professor of Sociology
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Specialization: Medical Sociology/Public Health|Quantitative Methods/Demography|Race, Ethnicity, and Migration|Sociology of State, Social Class, and Political Sociology
Research Interests: Demography, Migration/Immigration, Forced Migration and Refugees, Sub-Saharan Africa, Policy Analysis, Urbanization, Development and Health
Professor Holly Reed is associate professor of sociology at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), a faculty associate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), and a faculty affiliate of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Her research focuses on migration (including forced migration), demographic dynamics, education, and health in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa—including Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria. She has led a large mixed-methods fieldwork collection effort in Ghana and conducted qualitative interviews among immigrants and refugees in the United States. Her current research projects focus on understanding the availability of resources for and trajectories and outcomes of undocumented students at CUNY, and the determinants and consequences of forced migration flows globally. Professor Reed has published articles in journals such as Demography, Sociological Forum, Demographic Research, Sociology of Development, Health and Place, and African Population Studies.

Professor Reed previously served as a program officer for the Committee on Population of the National Academies in Washington, DC, where she wrote and edited reports on various international population issues, including urbanization and development, forced migration, maternal mortality, and fertility change.  Professor Reed teaches Introduction to Statistics (SOC 205) and a master’s-level course in Demography (SOC 736) at Queens College, and doctoral-level courses in Demography at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Selected recent publications:
Helen V.S. Cole, Holly E. Reed, Candace Tannis, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, and Joseph E. Ravenell. 2018. “Awareness of High Blood Pressure by Nativity among Black Men: Implications for Interpreting the Immigrant Health Paradox,” Preventing Chronic Disease 15:170570. DOI:
Holly E. Reed, Mara Getz Sheftel*, and Arash Behazin. 2018. “Forced Migration and Patterns of Mortality and Morbidity,” chapter in The Demography of Forced Migration and Refugees, (Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi and Ellen Percy Kraly, eds.), International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. Springer Press.
Carolyn Coburn*, Michael Restivo, Holly E. Reed, and John M. Shandra. 2017. “The World Bank, Organized Hypocrisy, and Women’s Health: A Cross-National Analysis of Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Sociological Forum. 32(1):50-71. DOI:
Holly E. Reed, Francis Obare, and Blessing Mberu. 2016. Guest editor for special issue of African Population Studies 30(3), on Urban Health and Livelihoods.
Holly E. Reed, Bernadette Ludwig*, and Laura Braslow*.  2016. “Forced Migration,” chapter in The International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution, (Michael J. White, ed.), Springer Press.
Holly E. Reed and Guillermo Yrizar-Barbosa*. 2016. “Investigating the Refugee Health Disadvantage among the U.S. Immigrant Population.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 15(1):53-70. DOI:
Bernadette Ludwig* and Holly E. Reed. 2016. “‘When you are here you have high blood pressure’: Liberian refugees’ health and access to healthcare in Staten Island, NY.” International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care 12(1):26-37.
Holly E. Reed and Blessing U. Mberu.  2015. “The Demography of Ethnicity and Religion in Nigeria,” chapter in The International Handbook of the Demography of Race and Ethnicity, (Rogelio Sáenz, David G. Embrick, Néstor P. Rodríguez, eds.), Springer Press.
Blessing U. Mberu and Holly E. Reed. 2014. “Understanding Sub-Group Fertility Differentials in Nigeria.” Population Review 53(2):23-46.
Holly E. Reed and Blessing U. Mberu. 2014 “Capitalizing on Nigeria’s Demographic Dividend: Reaping the Benefits and Diminishing the Burdens,” African Population Studies 27(2).
Holly E. Reed.  2013. “Moving across Boundaries: Migration in South Africa, 1950-2000” Demography 50(1):71-95.