Rachel Friedman joined the Population Council in May 2013 and serves as the senior managing editor of the Council’s two scholarly journals: Population and Development Review (PDR) and Studies in Family Planning (SFP).
PDR is the Council’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of scientific research on the relationships between population and social, economic, and environmental change. SFP publishes public health, social science, and biomedical research on sexual and reproductive health, fertility, and family planning, with a primary focus on developing countries. Friedman oversees the peer-review process; coordinates communications between editors, editorial board, authors, and reviewers; and ensures the quality and content of the journals.
Friedman has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Al Jazeera America, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. She is the author of a travel memoir, and her writing has been anthologized in The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals and The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volumes 9 and 10.
Friedman received her BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Rutgers-Newark.