Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
- Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708-0312
114 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
- Phone: (919) 613-9305
My research straddles three disciplinary realms: demography, contemporary Chinese society and global health. I focus on a range of population and health issues in developing countries that intersect frontline public policy, such as the role of China's population control program in lowering fertility preferences and fertility rates in China, the social and behavioral determinants of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and the methodological evaluation and implementation of network-based approaches to sample hard-to-reach and hidden populations such as those at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as undocumented migrants.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1996
M.A., University of Pennsylvania 1993
- Merli, MG, Verdery, A, Mouw, T, & Li, J. (2016, July). Sampling Migrants from their Social Networks: The Demography and Social Organization of Chinese Migrants in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Migration studies, 4 (2), 182-214.
- Verdery, AM, Merli, MG, Moody, J, Smith, JA, & Fisher, JC. (2015, September). Brief Report: Respondent-driven Sampling Estimators Under Real and Theoretical Recruitment Conditions of Female Sex Workers in China. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), 26 (5), 661-665.
- Merli, MG, Moody, J, Mendelsohn, J, & Gauthier, R. (2015, June). Sexual Mixing in Shanghai: Are Heterosexual Contact Patterns Compatible With an HIV/AIDS Epidemic?. Demography, 52 (3), 919-942.
- Merli, MG, Moody, J, Smith, J, Li, J, Weir, S, & Chen, X. (2015, January 1). Challenges to recruiting population representative samples of female sex workers in China using Respondent Driven Sampling. Social Science and Medicine, 125, 79-93.
- Kimani, SM, Watt, MH, Merli, MG, Skinner, D, Myers, B, Pieterse, D, MacFarlane, JC, & Meade, CS. (2014, October). Respondent driven sampling is an effective method for engaging methamphetamine users in HIV prevention research in South Africa. Drug and alcohol dependence, 143, 134-140.
- He, W, James, SA, Merli, MG, & Zheng, H. (2014, January). An increasing socioeconomic gap in childhood overweight and obesity in China. Am J Public Health, 104 (1), e14-e22.
- Fisher, JC, & Merli, MG. (2014, January). Stickiness of respondent-driven sampling recruitment chains. Network science (Cambridge University Press), 2 (2), 298-301.
- Tian, FF, Merli, MG, & Qian, Z. (2013, October 1). Job Mobility and Extramarital Sex in Reform-Era Urban China. Chinese Sociological Review, 46 (1), 60-82.
- Yamanis, TJ, Merli, MG, Neely, WW, Tian, FF, Moody, J, Tu, X, & Gao, E. (2013). An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Recruitment Patterns on RDS Estimates among a Socially Ordered Population of Female Sex Workers in China. Sociological Methods and Research, 42 (3), 392-425.
- Weir, SS, Merli, MG, Li, J, Gandhi, AD, Neely, WW, Edwards, JK, Suchindran, CM, Henderson, GE, & Chen, X-S. (2012, December). A comparison of respondent-driven and venue-based sampling of female sex workers in Liuzhou, China. Sex Transm Infect, 88 Suppl 2, i95-101.
- Li, J, Chen, X-S, Merli, MG, Weir, SS, & Henderson, GE. (2012, March). Systematic differences in risk behaviors and syphilis prevalence across types of female sex workers: a preliminary study in Liuzhou, China. Sex Transm Dis, 39 (3), 195-200.
- Merli, MG, Morgan, SP, & Festy, P. (2011). Les préférences de fécondité à Shanghai dans un contexte de basse fécondité. Population, 66 (3), 601-626.
- Merli, MG, & Morgan, SP. (2011). Below replacement fertility preferences in shanghai. Population, 66 (3-4), 519-542.
- Tu, , Xiaowen, , Xiao, C, Guanghong, F, Merli, , Giovanna, M, Weiming, G, Yang, Y, & Ersheng, G. (2010). Factors associated with sexually transmitted disease infection among female sex workers in Shanghai, China. Zhongguo Gonggong Weisheng Zazhi (Chinese Journal of Public Health). (Academic Article)
- Merli, MG. (2009, May). Demography in the Age of the Postmodern. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 114 (6), 1879-1881.
- Merli, MG. (2007, March). Governing China's population: From leninist to neoliberal biopolitics. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS, 36 (2), 164-165.
- Merli, MG. (2006). The past, present and future of China’s birth planning policy. Il Politico.Rivista Italiana di Scienze Politiche (Italian Journal of Political Sciences), LXXI (3), 83-108. (Academic Article)
- Merli, MG, Hertog, S, Wang, B, & Li, J. (2006). Modelling the spread of HIV/AIDS in China: The role of sexual transmission. Population Studies, 60 (1), 1-22.
- Merli, MG, Qian, Z, & Smith, HL. (2004). Adaptation of a political bureaucracy to economic and institutional change under socialism: The Chinese state family planning system. Politics and Society, 32 (2), 231-256.
- Merli, MG, & Smith, HL. (2002, August). Has the Chinese family planning policy been successful in changing fertility preferences?. Demography, 39 (3), 557-572.
- Merli, , Giovanna, M, & Smith, HL. (2002). Has the Chinese Birth Planning Program Been Successful in Changing Fertility Preferences? Evidence from Linked Records in Three Data Sources in Four Counties of Northern China. Demography, 39 (3), 557-572. (Academic Article)
- Merli, MG, & Raftery, AE. (2000, February). Are births underreported in rural China? Manipulation of statistical records in response to China's population policies. Demography, 37 (1), 109-126.
- Merli, MG. (2000, February). Socioeconomic background and war mortality during Vietnam's wars. Demography, 37 (1), 1-15.
- Merli, MG. (1998, August). Mortality in Vietnam, 1979-1989. Demography, 35 (3), 345-360.
- Merli, MG. (1998). Underreporting of births and infant deaths in rural China: evidence from field research in one county of northern China. China Quarterly, (155), 637-655.
- Smith, HL, Ping, T, Merli, MG, & Hereward, M. (1997). Implementation of a demographic and contraceptive surveillance system in four counties in north China. Population Research and Policy Review, 16 (4), 289-314.
- Focused Training in Social Networks and Health 2015 - 2020
- Duke Population Research Institute 2010 - 2020
- Testing Multiple Modes of Data Collection with Network Sampling with Memory 2016 - 2018
- Using Multiple Data Sources to Improve Respondent Driven Sampling Estimation 2011 - 2016
- HIV risk behaviors among methamphetamine users in Cape Town, South Africa 2012 - 2015
- Developing an Interdisciplinary Graduate Curriculum in Global Health 2008 - 2012