Leticia J. Marteleto

Leticia J. Marteleto

Bio and Research Interest

Leticia J. Marteleto is an associate professor of sociology and faculty research associate at the University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center. She is also a research affiliate at UT Austin’s Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and is currently serving as associate chair of the Department of Sociology. She serves as the principal investigator of Decode Zika (https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/zika/people/the-team.php). 


Her primary areas of work include social demography, education and health inequality, race stratification, international comparative, Africa and Latin America. Her recent research has appeared in Demography, Demographic Research, Population and Development Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Social Forces and Studies in Family Planning. 



University of Michigan (Sociology/Demography), 2001


Rachel Donnelly and Letícia J. Marteleto. “Gender, Socioeconomic Status, and Diet Behaviors within Brazilian Families.” Forthcoming in Socius.

Guedes, Gilvan, Raquel Z. Coutinho, Letícia J. Marteleto, Wesley Pereira and Denise Duarte. 2018. " Why social perception matters during disease outbreaks: looking at how individuals understand the Zika virus by self-reported history of infection." Cadernos de Saúde Pública 34(9) DOI: 10.1590/0102-311X00139718. 

Marteleto, Letícia J. and Aída Villanueva. 2018. “Adolescent Childbearing and Marital Unions: Consequences for Young Adults’ Education in Brazil.” Studies in Family Planning 49(3): 183-211. DOI: 10.1111/sifp.12071.


Guedes, Gilvan, Raquel Z. Coutinho, Letícia J. Marteleto, Wesley Pereira and Denise Duarte. 2018. "Signifying Zika: Heterogeneity in the Representations of the Virus by History of Infection." Cadernos de Saúde Pública 34(5). DOI 10.1590/0102-311x00003217. 


Marteleto, Letícia J., Abigail Weitzman, Raquel Z. Coutinho and Sandra Valongueiro. 2017. “Women’s Reproductive Intentions and Behaviors during the Zika Epidemic in Brazil.” Population and Development Review 43(2): 199-227.DOI: 10.1111/padr.12074.


Marteleto, Letícia J., Luiz Gama, Molly Dondero, and Letisha Brown. 2017. “The Weight of Inequality: Socio-Economic Status and Body Mass in Brazil.” Social Forces 95(4):1637-1666. DOI: 10.1093/sf/sox028.  (Recipient of the Best Social Sciences Paper Award, Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)).

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