Michelle J. Hindin is director of the Population Council’s Reproductive Health Program. With a focus on advancing rights, improving equity, and expanding access, the Population Council’s Reproductive Health Program generates evidence and delivers programs and policy solutions that protect and promote women’s health and encourage men’s supportive engagement in reproductive health. Hindin provides intellectual leadership and technical direction for research and programs through management of diverse projects and staff, leading research studies, fundraising, quality assurance, and communications and external engagement activities. Hindin collaborates closely across programs and countries to design, develop, and implement interdisciplinary research.
Prior to joining the Population Council, Hindin was a Professor in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, since 2001. She also served as Lead Researcher on adolescent sexual and reproductive Health in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization in Geneva from 2014-2017. She has led technical assistance efforts on population, family planning, and health themes with national counterparts in Ghana, the Philippines, Rwanda, and many others.
Hindin is chair of a Data Safety and Ethic Board for a clinical trial on menstrual hygiene in Kenya, an advisory council member to the Office of Population Studies in Cebu, Philippines, and has served as an expert for the measurement of unmet need at the Guttmacher Institute. She was a member of an expert working group to develop adolescent health strategy with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, as well as a key member of the WHO working group to develop indicators for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. She received a Leading Scholars Grant in 2016 from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award in 2003 and 2007 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
An accomplished scientist, Hindin has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from contraceptive use to female genital mutilation, to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections among young people, and women’s empowerment, among many others. She earned her PhD and a Masters of Arts in the Department of Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Masters of Health Science in the Department of Population Dynamics at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.