Nafisa Halim, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Global Health
Nafisa Halim
Crosstown Center – CT394
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Nafisa Halim, MA, PhD is an applied sociologist with research interests in the determinants and consequences of human capital formation (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition) among women, children and adolescents and program evaluation. Currently, Halim is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Boston University. Her current research examines the associations between women’s political empowerment and gender-gaps in primary education in India, parental access to credit market and child growth in India, Vietnam, Peru and Ethiopia, and cash transfer program participation and female secondary education in Bangladesh. Her prior research examined the associations between public-private partnerships and primary schooling in Bangladesh, maternal education and child survival in Nepal, intimate partner violence against women and child nutrition in Liberia. Halim has consulted with the World Health Organization, and served as a co-Investigator on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agency for International Development, and private foundations. Halim’s research has been published in Demography, Population Research and Policy Review, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of International Development, Environment and Development Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science Research. Halim received her postdoctoral training in Social Demography at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A.s in Sociology and Economics from the University of New Mexico.


  • University of New Mexico, PhD
  • University of New Mexico, MA
  • University of New Mexico, MA
  • University of Dhaka, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHIH745


  • Published on 4/1/2014

    Yount KM, Zureick-Brown S, Halim N, Lavilla K. Fertility Decline, Girls'' Well-being, and Gender Gaps in Children''s Well-being in Poor Countries. Demography. 2014 Apr; 51(2):535-61.

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  • Published on 2/1/2013

    Yount KM, Halim N, Schuler SR, Head S. A survey experiment of women's attitudes about intimate partner violence against women in rural Bangladesh. Demography. 2013 Feb; 50(1):333-57.

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  • Published on 12/1/2012

    Yount KM, Halim N, Head S, Schuler SR. Indeterminate Responses to Attitudinal Questions About Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Rural Bangladesh. Popul Res Policy Rev. 2012 Dec; 31(6):797-830.

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  • Published on 12/6/2011

    Sobkoviak RM, Yount KM, Halim N. Domestic violence and child nutrition in Liberia. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Jan; 74(2):103-11.

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  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Halim, Nafisa, Alok Bohara, Xiaomin Ruan. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Children: Does Maternal Demand for Antenatal Care Matter for Child Health in Nepal? . Health Policy and Planning. 2011; 26 (3):242-256.

  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Yount, Kathryn M., Nafisa Halim, Michelle Hynes, Emily Hillman. Response Effects to Attitudinal Questions about Domestic Violence against Women: A Comparative Perspective. Social Science Research. 2011; 40(3): 873-884.

  • Published on 9/29/2010

    Halim N, Bohara AK, Ruan X. Healthy mothers, healthy children: does maternal demand for antenatal care matter for child health in Nepal? Health Policy Plan. 2011 May; 26(3):242-56.

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  • Published on 1/1/2009

    Mozumder, Pallab, Alok Bohara, Robert Berrens, Nafisa Halim. Private Transfers to Cope with A Natural Disaster: Evidence from Bangladesh. Environment and Development Economics. 2009; 14(2):187-210.

  • Published on 1/1/2008

    Nafisa Halim. Testing Alternative Theories of Bureaucratic Corruption in Less Developed Countries. Social Science Quarterly. 2008; 89(1):236 – 257.

  • Published on 1/1/2006

    Mozumder, Pallab and Nafisa Halim. Journal of International Development. Social Capital Fostering Human Capital:Evidence from Bangladesh. 2006; 18(2):151 – 162.