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Kristine Hopkins, Research Assistant Professor of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin – Investigator

Kristine HopkinsContact: khopkins@prc.utexas.edu 

Kristine Hopkins, who has a doctorate in sociology with a specialization in demography from The University of Texas at Austin, is a social demographer with expertise in qualitative methods and designing and conducting surveys. Her research focuses on access to contraception among low-income community college students, postpartum contraceptive use and changes in the provision of publicly funded family planning services. She is also involved with studies on changing access to abortion.

Much of Kristine’s research over the last two decades has focused on exploring reproductive health inequalities. From 2006 to 2011, she was co-investigator of the Border Contraceptive Access Study (BCAS). The NIH-funded project examined U.S. women’s over-the-counter and family planning clinic access to the oral contraceptive pill along the U.S.-Mexican border.  From 2009 to 2010, Kristine was principal investigator of the Texas Teen Opportunity Project (T-TOP), a Department of State Health Services-funded focus group study that investigated risk factors for pregnancy among Latino, African-American, and White adolescents in Texas.

Kristine has been a researcher at UT since 2000, has taught courses in health & illness, women’s reproductive health, and the politics of reproduction. Outside the office, she likes to spend time with her husband, daughter and friends at her grain bin cabin in southern Colorado.