Welcome to the lab website of Leontine Alkema

On September 6, 2022

I am delighted to share that I’ve been promoted to full professor at UMASS Amherst!

That, and the end of my sabbatical leave, seemed like a good time to reflect a little on my work and field so far and how I plan to move forward. Now sharing this “with the world” for several reasons.

Firstly, with this writing, I want to make a deliberate commitment to how I want to contribute to statistical demography/global health going forward. I welcome comments and would like to connect with others interested in working towards the same or related goals.

Secondly, perhaps my note is helpful for others to see what an academic trajectory can be like (I know I benefitted in the past from learning about others’ trajectories).

Last but not least, I’d like to share my delight in making it to this point in my career, and end the note with giving thanks to individuals and institutions that helped make it happen.

On July 1st, 2022

Congrats Dr. Susmann! A thread on his dissertation research:

On April 7, 2022

Thread on new work on accounting for sexual activity in family planning indicators:

On March 24, 2022

Guttmacher/WHO country estimates for abortion and unintended pregancies published, based on Bayesian demographic accounting model!

On December 10, 2021

Congrats Dr. Wang! A tread on his disseration research:

On November 1st, 2021

Improved used of service statistics data on family planning:

On September 27, 2021

Sex ratio at birth and missing female births: methods paper now published in AOAS

On August 27, 2021

UN IGME stillbirth estimates published in the Lancet

On August 3, 2021

Scenario-based projections of missing female births due to sex-selective abortions:

In April, 2021

Check out our paper in Gates Open on the R package fpemlocal:


On March 30, 2021

Sex ratio at birth projections: methods paper is forthcoming in AOAS, also check our preprint with estimates

On Feb 22, 2021

New preprint on Temporal Models for Multiple Populations: think LEGO!

On Feb 12, 2021

New preprint on Bayesian cohort component model for subnational populations in data-sparse settings:

On October 8, 2020

UN IGME estimates of stillbirths, and new preprint with the methods:

On July 22, 2020

New paper on estimating abortion and unintended pregnancies: