Associate Professor, University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Trinitapoli’s training and background is in two areas: social demography & the sociology of religion. Bridging these two fields, her work features the demographer’s characteristic concern with data and denominators and an insistence on connecting demographic processes to questions of meaning. She asks a lot of questions about data quality, and she may or may not be addicted to data collection. Trinitapoli has written extensively on the role of religion in the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, but religion permeates her research, even when it isn’t present as a variable. Since 2008, she has been the principal investigator of Tsogolo la Thanzi (TLT).