Director, Population and Development Programs
Anne’s interests include taking on policy directed at young populations, promoting fresh thinking around the links between population and the environment, supporting transformative integrations of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS approaches for all people, and working for contraceptive safety and access.
Her recent publications include, “Beyond Bonus or Bomb: Upholding the Sexual and Reproductive Health for Young People” in Reproductive Health Matters 2014;22(43).
Population, or "overpopulation," has long been blamed as a primary reason for environmental problems, including climate change. In this class, we will critically examine the gendered and racialized ways that environmental thinkers have framed population in relation to resource scarcity, food insecurity, conflict and violence, environmental degradation and climate change. Starting from the 1948 bestsellers Our Plundered Planet and Road to Survival to the 2014 coffee table book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, we will analyze environmental discourses that call for population reduction to address environmental issues. We will explore how these discourses influence environmental activism, impact sexual and reproductive health policy, and fuel anti-immigrant rhetoric, while obscuring the complex contributors to environmental problems. In the class, we will look to reproductive, environmental and climate justice movements to find frameworks that take action on environmental issues while fighting for social justice.
This course is an introduction to international development history and theory, through the lens of population. "Overpopulation" has been seen as an impediment to nations' economic and social development and a global environmental and security crisis requiring an emergency response on an international scale. This course will challenge this account of population and explore notions of modernity, environmental sustainability, gender, race and place in international development theory. We will look at the history of population control and trace the international shift toward sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We will also look at current issues in SRHR, the so-called "rebirth of family planning," the large youth population in the global South, and on-going population control abuses, including forced sterilization and mass-dissemination of long-acting contraception. Finally, we will investigate how the population "problem" has served as a model for subsequent international development issues, like AIDS and climate change.