Jacqueline Banks

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Interests

Fertility; Women's agency and empowerment; Reproductive health and agency; Population geography and spatial demography


Jacqueline is a former postdoctoral fellow and trainee at the MPC as part of the MPC Population Health Science Training Program. With her background in geography and statistics her research generally uses place-based approaches and statistical methods to test hypotheses relating to fertility, women’s agency/empowerment, and reproductive health.

Jacqueline’s research interests broadly surround fertility, women’s empowerment, agency, and reproductive health. Her research has largely been situated in the sub-Saharan African context however plans for future research in the United States. Her work is motivated by a sincere interest in the global advancement of women, particularly their health and reproductive freedom. She has frequently utilized the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) in her research. In her research she utilizes quantitative methods while giving careful attention to geographic context and operational construct validity within those contexts.


Jacqueline Banks. Partner Collaboration, Family Planning, and Contraceptive Efficacy in West Africa. Presentation at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2018 Annual Meeting

Jacqueline Banks and Stuart Sweeney. The Role of Men’s and Women’s Agency in Fertility in Dakar, Senegal. Presentation at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2017 Annual Meeting.

Jacqueline Banks, Stuart Sweeney, and Kathryn Grace. The Geography of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Inequality in Burkina Faso. Poster at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2015 Annual Meeting.