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Hi. My name is Leslie Root and I’m a PhD candidate in demography at the University of California, Berkeley.

My dissertation incorporates quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the rise in mean age at childbearing and increase in fertility over the course of the Putin era in Russia. My research interests include the fertility postponement transition and lowest-low fertility; fertility intentions, especially voluntary childlessness and popular ethics of childbearing; gender, reproductive labor, neoliberalism, and post-socialism; and the politics of abortion and contraception.

I’ve also done a fair bit of work on post-Soviet mortality patterns. I have extensive experience living and working in the Russian regions (Vladivostok, Ulan-Ude, Kazan’, Taganrog), am fluent in Russian, and speak passable Turkish.