Research Investigator, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
Dr. Lang was trained as a family demographer and sociologist. One line of her research centers
on studying fertility behaviors with a specific focus on unintended childbearing in the United
States and the policy implications surrounding access to contraception for women. Within this
area, she has a specific interest in understanding why socioeconomic and race disparities exist in
a variety of reproductive behaviors and outcomes. Another line of her research focuses on
understanding the changing roles and responsibilities of women and men in the spheres of paid
work and family and how these are associated with the well-being of both couples and
- Martha Bailey, Lea Bart, Vanessa Lang. 2022. The Missing Baby Bust: The Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Contraceptive Use, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Among Low-Income Women. Popul Res Policy Rev
- Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Vanessa Lang, Sarah R. Hayford. 2021. Do Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Attitudes and Knowledge Predict Men and Women’s Adult Sexual Partnerships?. Journal of Adolescent Health 68(1):95-102. PMCID: PMC7755833.
- Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Sarah R. Hayford, Vanessa Lang. 2020. Do Reproductive Attitudes and Knowledge Explain Race-Ethnic-Nativity Differences in Unintended Fertility?. Analyzing Contemporary Fertility, The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis 47
- Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Vanessa Lang, Sarah R. Hayford. 2019. Teen Girls’ Reproductive Attitudes and the Timing and Sequencing of Sexual Behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health 65(4):507-513. PMCID: PMC6755050.
- Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Sarah R. Hayford, Vanessa Lang. 2019. Dimensions of Reproductive Attitudes and Knowledge Related to Unintended Childbearing among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults. Demography 56(1):201-228. PMCID: PMC6360941.