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John F. May

Research Professor
George Mason University
Country of residence:
United States

Nationality: United States , Belgium
Gender: M

Member since: 1980
Membership No: 33900
Membership Type: regular

Field of Study: Demography, History, Population and Development

Specialization: Policy and Ethics, Population and Development

Regional focus: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 1996 , University of Paris-V (Sorbonne) , Demography

Working languages: English , French

Other association membership in population or related fields: Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française (AIDELF), Population Association of America (PAA), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)

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Professional Summary:

John F. May, an American and Belgian national, is a specialist of population policies. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He was a Lead Demographer at the World Bank for 15 years and has worked before for the United Nations (Haiti and New Caledonia), as well as for the Futures Group International, a US consulting firm specialising in demographic modeling and policy. He has worked for most international agencies around the world. He has a BA in Modern History (1973), a MA in demography (1985), which were both earned at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He received his PhD from the University of Paris-V (Sorbonne) in 1996.


Africa's Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend (Springer, 2017)

Agir sur les évolutions démographiques (Royal Academy of Belgium, 2013)

World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact (Springer, 2012)

Honorary or professional positions and awards:
Population Institute 2012 Global Media Award for best book in population for World Population Policies (Springer, 2012)