Elizabeth Frankenberg

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

External Address: 
192 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 613-9311

Elizabeth Frankenberg’s research focuses on three thematic areas: the ways in which the health and social service environment shape the well-being of individuals, the ways that interactions among family members influence well-being, and how individuals respond to changes induced by unexpected events.
Frankenberg has exploited shocks – economic crises and natural disasters – to observe their influence on human capital and resource investments at the individual, household, and community level. Most recently, Frankenberg has examined the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on psycho-social well-being, post-traumatic stress as a function of exposure to community trauma, and the impact of the orphanhood after the tsunami on children’s short- and longer-run well-being. Research is oriented toward better understanding responses by individuals and policy makers in the aftermath of shocks.
With collaborators, Frankenberg has directed several large-scale longitudinal surveys in Indonesia, including the Indonesian Family Life Survey and the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery, funded by grants from NIA and NICHD. These surveys integrate innovative measures in satellite imaging and biomarkers with more traditional modes of survey research.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1992
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1986

Thomas, D, and Frankenberg, E. "Comments on collecting and utilizing biological indicators in social science surveys." In Biosocial Surveys, 149-155. January 6, 2008. Full Text

The Evolution of Well-Being among Older Adults after a Disaster awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2018

Longer Term Effects of a Natural Disaster on Health and Socio-Economic Status awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2017

Health and Well-Being after Large Scale Shocks awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2017

To fund a planning grant for a world food policy center awarded by Duke Endowment (Co Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Social, Medical and Economic Demography of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1997 to 2016

Duke Population Research Institute awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Longitudinal Study of Older Adults and their Families in Mexico awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2008 to 2014

Second and Third Waves of the Mexican Family Life Survey awarded by National Institutes of Health (Researcher). 2005 to 2012