James Trussell, the emeritus Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, died Dec. 26, 2018. He was 69.
Trussell graduated from Davidson College in 1971 and earned a B.Phil. degree in economics from Oxford University in 1973. Entering Princeton in 1973, he earned a Ph.D. in economics in 1975.
Princeton immediately hired him as an assistant professor of economics, and he was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and full professor in 1983. He retired in 2015. Devoted to the Office of Population Research (OPR), he was a faculty research associate from 1975 to 2015. He was OPR director from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2002 to 2011. At the Wilson School he served as associate dean twice and as acting dean, with many directorships of the school’s MPA and Ph.D. programs.
Trussell authored more than 350 scientific publications on reproductive health and demographic methodology. He was a fellow of the Population Council, the Guttmacher Institute, and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists.
After retiring in 2015, he remained active in the field of reproductive health, and continued to publish.
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