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Mary C. Brinton

Faculty Associate


Mary C. Brinton

Mary C. Brinton is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Harvard. Her current work focuses on why Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, and East Asia now exhibit historically low fertility rates that are leading to rapid population aging and the specter of lowered economic productivity. She is leading a team of international collaborators in a five-country comparative study of gender equality and fertility that utilizes survey data and original in-depth interviews with young urban adults. A specialist in Japanese society, Brinton’s interests also include labor markets and gender inequality. She is a member of the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies Executive Committee, the Weatherhead Center for International Studies steering committee, and the Council on Asian Studies at Harvard.


  • Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
  • Chair of the Department of Sociology, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University