Sarah Hayford studies family formation and reproductive health, primarily in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. She is interested in how people make plans about these behaviors and who is able to carry out these plans. Ongoing and recent research examines outcomes including fertility intentions, birth timing, abortion access and use, and female genital mutilation/cutting, in settings ranging from local (Ohio) to global. As part of an international and interdisciplinary team, she is conducting a large cross-national data collection project studying the impact of parental migration on children's socioemotional development, educational outcomes, and family formation behaviors in Mexico, Mozambique, and Nepal. Hayford received her PhD in demography from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.