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Population and Development Program

The Population and Development Program (PopDev) was established in 1986 as a center for critical thinking, learning, and advocacy on population and the environment.

PopDev challenges traditional views of over-population and immigration as primary causes of environmental degradation, political instability, and poverty, and promotes social, reproductive and environmental justice.

Its publications include the DifferenTakes issue paper series, Population in Perspective social justice curriculum, and the student-written and edited political blog, The Black Sheep Journal—for national and international audiences.

PopDev offers courses and workshops, including a political writing workshop for student journalists, and hosts international scholars and activists to speak on critical global issues.

Hampshire alumna Anne Hendrixson 91F is the PopDev Director.




PopDev brings a global feminist analysis to the intersecting spheres of reproductive freedom, environmental justice, international development, and peace.

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