Nina R. Brooks

Nina R. Brooks

Postdoctoral Associate

Institute for Social Research & Data Innovation, University of Minnesota

About me

I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Social Research & Data Innovation at the University of Minnesota where I am working with the IPUMS PMA team to study environmental impacts on maternal and child health. We also run the IPUMS PMA Data Analysis Hub, which provides insights and hands-on R tutorials to demonstrate how PMA data can be used. In August 2021 I will be joining the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor.

My research interests lie at the intersection of environment, health, and development economics. My current research examines the environmental and health consequences of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh, how food security affects fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, and the impacts of abortion policies on women’s health and economic outcomes. My research employs a range of disciplinary approaches from economics, demography, data science, geography, and epidemiology.

I recently completed my PhD at Stanford University in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. I also hold an MA in Economics from Stanford University, a Master of Public Policy from Duke University, with a certificate in International Development, and a BA in International Political Economy from UC Berkeley. Previously, I worked as a Senior Research Analyst at NORC at the University of Chicago and Manager of Global Affairs for Global Footprint Network.


  • PhD in Environment and Resources, 2020

    Stanford University

  • MA in Economics, 2019

    Stanford University

  • Master of Public Policy, 2014

    Duke University

  • BA in Political Economy, 2009

    UC Berkeley