Zohra Ansari-Thomas

Office Address: 

216 McNeil

Ph.D. Student, Demography, University of Pennsylvania

M.P.H., Epidemology, George Washington University, 2018
B.A., Economics and Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, 2014

Entered Program: 
First Year Paper Advisor: 
Emilio Alberto Parrado

Zohra Ansari-Thomas is a second-year PhD student in demography at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests broadly are in migration, fertility, social determinants of health and labor market outcomes. Zohra’s current work examines tempo differentials in fertility between foreign-born and U.S.-born women, and measurements of the motherhood penalty in the labor market by race, ethnicity, and nativity status. She is also pursuing a dual master’s degree in statistics from the Wharton School at Penn.   

Prior to starting at Penn, Zohra worked as a policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute, where her worked focused on sexual and reproductive health among immigrant populations and adolescents in the U.S. Zohra also tracked U.S. state policy legislation on a range of topics including abortion access and publicly funded family planning programs. While working at Guttmacher, Zohra completed a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at the George Washington University, where her research focused on sexual activity, contraceptive use, and sexual violence among high school students in the U.S. She also holds a BA in economics and environmental studies from Oberlin College.