Betsy Hartmann

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Hartmann

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Office: FPH G-7
Office Hours: Fall 2013
Academic Information
Position: Professor of Development Studies and Director of Population and Development Program- CLPP

School: [[with school::School of Social Science]]



Betsy Hartmann is professor of Development Studies and senior policy analyst with the Population and Development Program. A longstanding activist in the international women’s health movement, she writes and speaks frequently on the intersections between reproductive rights, population, immigration, environment and security concerns in activist, policy and scholarly venues. Her non-fiction books include Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control, A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village (co-authored with James Boyce), and the co-edited anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. She is also the author of two political thrillers, The Truth about Fire and Deadly Election. She is currently working on the implications for international development, reproductive health, and immigration policy of framing climate change as an issue of overpopulation and a national security threat. To find out more about Betsy and to link to her writings, visit To find out more about the Population and Development Program, visit

Betsy received her BA in South Asian Studies from Yale University and her PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.


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Betsy is on leave during the current academic year, 2014-15.


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