Betsi Stephen


Associate Professor of Demography


(On sabbatical Fall 2017)


Faculty - SFS
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Professor Elizabeth Hervey Stephen has been a member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1987, and has now taught well over 2000 students.

She has served in numerous administrative positions including Chair of the Department of Demography and she was the Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a research assistant for the Center of Population Research, University of Texas, Austin; a social science analyst for the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; a survey statistician for the U.S. Bureau of the Census; and a demographer for the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Dr. Stephen was a Fulbright Fellow for the German Studies Seminar held in Berlin, Erfurt and Frankfurt, Germany in June 2009.

She also was the recipient of a POSCO Fellowship at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i in 2010. She and her collaborators, Professors Victor Cha, Mike Green, Christine Kim, and Ambassador Christopher Hill received a five-year grant from the Academy of Korean Studies for a Korean Studies Laboratory. Her recent publications on South Korea have all been a part of that grant.

Dr. Stephen has been a visionary instructor and has participated in numerous pedagogy innovations and linking global education with activities on the main campus. She received two ITEL grants from the Provost's office to assess global education and to assist students in preparing ePortfolios. She has been an active supporter of CNDLS and chaired the Faculty Advisory Committee. She participated in the Doyle Initiative, the Englehard Project, Thresholds and Bottlenecks, and with designing the future of the university with the Red House.

Dr. Stephen has the distinction of being the only Georgetown faculty member who taught at the McGhee Center for Mediterranean Studies and Villa Le Balze during the academic year.

She is now the first professor to teach an undergraduate on-line course during the academic year. The course, "Borders and Security Concerns" will be rolled out for the Spring 2017 semester with sections at the Main Campus, SFS-Q, and Villa Le Balze.

Dr. Stephen assisted the SFS Deans office on innovative work with the Classes of 2019 and 2020 to help design the curriculum and structure of the School of Foreign Service in the coming century.

As a result of her dedication to the School of Foreign Service she was awarded the Constantine E. McGuire medal for her service to the School.

She and her collaborators, Drs. Anjani Chandra and Roz King, are known as the leading demographers on infertility in the world. Dr. Stephen has appeared on national television and radio shows to talk about her demographic research.


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  • Ph.D. (1985) University of Texas at Austin, Sociology
  • M.A. (1982) Georgetown University, Demography
  • B.A. (1975) Colorado Women's College, Urban Studies