Charles F. Westoff
Senior Research Demographer, Office of Population Research
Professor of Sociology, Emeritus
Charles Westoff, former director of the Office of Population Research, has studied fertility and family planning in the United States and developing countries, as well as population policy. He joined the Princeton faculty as professor of sociology in 1962 and at the same time was named associate director of the Office of Population Research, which he later served as director from 1975 to 1992. He was appointed to the During chair in 1972. Westoff's studies of fertility yielded several books, including Family Growth in Metropolitan America (1961) and The Later Years of Childbearing (1970). His work on US population growth led to From Now to Zero: Fertility, Contraception and Abortion in America (1971) and The Contraceptive Revolution (1977). His comparative studies include Unmet Need and the Demand for Family Planning (1991) and Mass Media and Reproductive Behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa (1997). A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Westoff received the Irene Taueber Award of the Population Association of America in 1995. He was executive director of the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future in Washington, DC, from 1970 to 1972 and was on the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences from 1983 to 1988. He has been consultant to the World Fertility Survey, UNESCO, the UN Population Division Demographic and Health Surveys, and the African Development Bank. Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.