Ann K. Blanc is vice president of social and behavioral science research at the Population Council. Under her leadership the Population Council is increasing investments into rigorous research on cutting-edge priorities in girls’ education, stigma and gender inequality in HIV/AIDS, maternal health, resilience and environmental stressors, the introduction of sexual and reproductive health technologies, and the scaling up of evidence-based programs for adolescent girls.
Before joining the Council in 2011, Blanc was director of the Maternal Health Task Force. Her influential 2012 article, “Why aren’t there more maternal deaths? A decomposition analysis,” which appeared in Maternal and Child Health Journal, illuminated the significant role of increases in the use of family planning in reducing maternal deaths around the world. Her recent research is aimed at improving the quality of measurement in household surveys, estimating patterns of maternal mortality, and examining the circumstances of vulnerable adolescent girls.
Between 2005 and 2009, Blanc was a program officer in the Population and Reproductive Health Program at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Blanc is a member of the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences, the editorial board of the Council’s journal Studies in Family Planning and the “Core Group” of technical experts working on improving the measurement of coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health interventions.
Blanc is the author of more than 70 scientific articles and book chapters on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, gender and power dynamics, fertility trends and patterns, and other topics. She received a PhD in sociology with a concentration in demography from Princeton University in 1985.