Department of Sociology and the College
Jenny Trinitapoli’s work bridges the fields of social demography and the sociology of religion. She has written extensively about the role of religion in the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2008, she has been the principal investigator of Tsogolo la Thanzi, an ongoing longitudinal study of young adults in Malawi, which asks how young adults negotiate relationships, sex, and childbearing in the midst of a severe AIDS epidemic. This work is locally staffed and is supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Trinitapoli is the co-author of Religion and AIDS in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2012), and her research has been published in numerous journals, including the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and Demographic Research. In 2012, she received the Roy C. Buck Award from The Pennsylvania State University’s College of the Liberal Arts, in recognition of the best article published by a refereed scholarly journal in the social sciences by a junior faculty member.
She holds a BS in Latin American studies and Spanish from Marquette University, and an MA and PhD in sociology from The University of Texas at Austin.