University of Wisconsin, Madison
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD expected May 2021), Sociology & Demography
Minor: Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Preliminary Exams: Demography & Ecology (Passed August 2018); Science and Technology Studies (Passed with Distinction August 2019)
Dissertation Title (Working): “Social Shock, Family Dynamics and Quarantine: The Demographic Case of Sierra Leone”
Masters of Arts (MS, defended June 2019), Sociology & Demography
Master’s Thesis: “Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Contraceptive Stratification: Evidence from the HER Salt Lake Study on Contraceptive Choice and Practice”
Master’s Committee: Christine Schwartz, Jenna Nobles, Jenny Higgins, Monica Grant
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH 2012), International Health
Certificates: Health Informatics; Health and Human Rights
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Arts (2010), Social Anthropology and International Studies
Publications and Presentations
Peer Reviewed Publications
Behrman J, Wright KQ, Grant MJ, and E Soler-Hampesjek. 2018. Trends in Modern Contraceptive Use among Young Adult Women in sub-Saharan Africa 1990 to 2014. Studies in Family Planning. 49(4):319-344.
Boydell V, Neema S, Wright KQ, and Hardee K. 2018. “Closing the Gap” Between People and Programs. Lessons from Implementation of Social Accountability for Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Uganda. African Journal of Reproductive Health. 22(1):73-84.
Wright, KQ. K. Hardee and J. Townsend. (2016). The pitfalls of using selective data to represent the effectiveness, relevance and utility of the Standard Days Method (SDM) of contraception. Contraception. 94(4):374-75.
Scott, V.K., L.B. Gottschalk, K.Q. Wright, C. Twose, M. Bohren, M.E. Schmitt, and N. Ortayli. (2015). Community Health Workers’ Provision of Family Planning Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of Effectiveness. Studies in Family Planning. 46(3):241-261.
Refereed Conference Presentations
Wright K. “Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Contraceptive Stratification: Evidence from the HER Salt Lake Study on Contraceptive Choice and Practice.” Population Association of America 2019 Meeting, Session 149: Contraceptive Use in the United States. Austin.
Hardee K, Boydell V, Wright KQ, Muwezi D, Jurczynska K, Sinai I and K. Gray. “Implementing and measuring voluntary, rights-based family planning: Evidence from Uganda and Nigeria.” International Conference on Family Planning. November 12-15, 2018. Session: Reproductive Rights and Gender Empowerment. Kigali, Rwanda.
Hardee K, Boydell V, Ahaibwe G, Depio S and KQ Wright. “I pray to God that family planning is good-two children you can manage: Men’s views of family planning and their access to services in Uganda.” International Conference on Family Planning. November 12-15, 2018. Session: Men and Family Planning. Kigali, Rwanda.
Higgins JA, Wright KQ, Sanders JN, Adkins DE and DK Turok. “Beyond Safety and Efficacy: How sexuality-related priorities impact contraceptive method selection.” North American Forum on Family Planning, October 20-22, 2018. New Orleans, LA.
Sanders JN, Adkins DE, Wright KQ, Turok DK and JA Higgins. “Psychometric development and validation of an instrument to prospectively measure contraceptive sexual acceptability.” International Academy of Sex Research Annual Meeting. July 17-20, 2018. Madrid, Spain.
KQ Wright, V Boydell and K Hardee. 2017. Validating a Measure of Rights-Based Family Planning Service Delivery. Presented at the 2017 annual Population Association of America Meeting in the session “Fertility, Family Planning and Sexual Health: Programs and Policies.” Chicago, IL.
KQ Wright, V Boydell and K Hardee. 2017. A study on how social accountability mechanisms influence FP/RH Programs in Uganda. Presented at the 2017 annual Population Association of America Meeting as a poster. Chicago, IL.
KQ Wright, V Boydell and K Hardee. 2016. Informed Choice Among Global Family Planning Users: Trends from 2000-2014. Presented at the 2016 annual Population Association of America Meeting as a poster. Washington D.C.
K Hardee, KQ Wright, and J. Spicehandler. 2016. What is the Evidence that "Evidence" is Used in Family Planning/ Reproductive Health Policy, Program and Practice Decisionmaking?. Presented at the 2015 annual Population Association of America Meeting as a poster. San Diego, CA.
Manuscripts in Progress
Hardee K, Jurczynska K, Sinai I, Boydell V, Muhwezi D.K., Gray K, Wright K.Q. Improving Voluntary, Rights-Based Family Planning: Experience from Nigeria and Uganda. (Currently under review)
Higgins JA, Wright KQ, Sanders JN, Adkins DE, and Turok DK. Beyond safety and efficacy: How sexuality related priorities impact contraceptive method selection. (Currently under review).
Nobles J and Wright KQ. When Men Return: The shifting sex-ratio and women’s empowerment outcomes in Mexico. (Expected submission September 2019).
Sanders JN, Adkins DE, Wright KQ and Higgins JA. Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis to Identify Sexual Acceptability Domains Related to Contraceptive Method Uptake and Continuation. (Expected submission September 2019).
Wright KQ and Sanders, JN. Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Contraceptive Stratification: Evidence from the HER Salt Lake Study on Contraceptive Choice and Practice. (Expected submission October 2019)
Boydell, V and Wright KQ. Beyond 4AQ: A Systematic Review on the Incorporation of Human Rights into the Provision of Clinical Family Planning and Abortion Care. (Expected submission March 2020).
Grey Literature Publications
Wright KQ, Boydell V, Nanono N, Muhengi L and Hardee K. Do rights-based interventions improve users’ experiences with family planning services?: results from a quasi-experimental study in Uganda.
Hardee K, Wright KQ. Expanding the Role of Research Evidence in Family Planning Policy, Program and Practice Decision-making. The Evidence Project, Population Council. September 2015.
Hardee K, Wright KQ, Spicehandler, J. Family Planning Policy, Program and Practice Decision-making: The Role of Research Evidence and Other Factors. The Evidence Project, Population Council. September 2015.
Wright KQ, Iqteit I, Hardee K. Standard Days Method of Contraceptive: Evidence on Use, Implementation and Scale Up. Technical Report. The Evidence Project, Population Council. June 2015.
Awards and Service Work
Deborah A. Hobbins Award (2019), Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison: $5000
Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award (2019), Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), University of Wisconsin-Madison: $3000
University Fellowship (2016, 2020), University of Wisconsin-Madison: Full tuition and stipend, 2 years
International Research and Training Grant (2016), Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), University of Wisconsin-Madison: $5000
Public Health Informatics Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: $10,000
Mark Chesler Student Research Award, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: 250$
American Sociological Association (2020-2022), Section on Population
Culture and Climate Committee (2019-present) University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peer Mentor (2018-2019) University of Wisconsin-Madison
Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee (2017-present) University of Wisconsin-Madison
Student Member & Liaison to SGSA Climate Committee
MRRC Statistics Tutor
Pedagogy and Race Workshop (2016-2017) University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate Research Experience
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Demography and Ecology
Research Assistant for Jenny Higgins, Gender and Women’s Studies – Madison, WI, 2017-2021
Research Assistant for Jenna Nobles, Sociology – Madison, WI, 2017
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research Assistant for Andrea Wirtz, Department of Epidemiology – Baltimore, MD, Oct 2011-Jan 2012
Research Assistant for Mathuram Santosham – Baltimore, MD, May 2011 – Aug 2011
Research Assistant for David Peters– Baltimore, MD Nov 2010 – Aug 2011
Professional Research Experience
Population Council, Washington, D.C.
Staff Associate, The Evidence Project, 2014-2018
Insight Systems Corps, Washington, D.C.
Public Health Analyst, USAID Knowledge Management Services Project, 2013-2014
Jhpiego, Baltimore, MD
Health Informatics Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Unit, 2012-2013
The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Baltimore, MD
Research Assistant, 2012