Alex Weinreb /
Research Director

Prof. Alex Weinreb is the Research Director at the Taub Center. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Health and Society undergraduate major at the University of Texas in Austin. Prior to his move to UT, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Hebrew University.


Professor Weinreb is a social demographer whose work has focused primarily on population change in developing countries—he spent lots of time running NIH-funded research projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked extensively on cross-cultural measurement issues and, most recently, on Jewish population issues. Professor Weinreb has published many journal articles, co-authored Religion and AIDS in Africa (OUP, 2012) and is currently finalizing a second book manuscript The Mismeasure of Society: How Western Survey Traditions Misrepresent Poor Countries.


Professor Weinreb received his PhD in Demography and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Demography at the Population Research Center at the University of Chicago. He has a BA in Philosophy and Politics from the University the Durham (UK).