Welcome! My name is Megan Costa and I am an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics who completed a dual Ph.D. in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology in August 2016. I joined Dr. Natalie Eggum-Wilkens ECLiPSE Lab within SSFD as a postdoctoral scholar in 2016. I became an assistant professor at ASU in January 2019.
I am a demographer focused on fertility and family demography; my research interests lie at the intersection of maternal health and household determinants of child well-being. This intersection is key in the reproduction of health disparities, leaving their mark in the childhood years and holding long-term implications for health across the life course. My current projects explore fertility, fertility intentions, and child health in the Tsimane, a population experiencing rapid demographic, economic, and dietary transitions in the Bolivian lowlands. I am also working with data from the Young Lives Cohort Study to better understand the intersection of child health and aging in low and middle income countries. Recently I began a collaboration with the Center for Disease Control’s Division of Reproductive Health to examine son preference, ideal family size, and fertility behavior using Reproductive Health Surveys in Kigoma, Tanzania.
My ongoing research focuses on longitudinal studies of child growth and development with emphasis on overlapping life course stages, including fertility decisions, aging, migration, and work.