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Rania Tfaily

Associate Professor

Degrees:PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2625
Office:C779 LA

Rania is currently accepting graduate students wishing to do research on any of the following research areas: cohabitation, marriage and parenthood; family background and children’s education; racial/ethnic and SES disparities in health; and care-giving in old age.


Rania Tfaily holds a PhD in demography from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught various undergraduate sociology courses (Studies in Population, Quantitative Research methods, Sociology of the Family, Women in Contemporary Middle East Societies, Classical Sociological Theory, Power and Stratification, Advanced Studies in the Sociology of the Family, Studies in Urban Sociology) as well as graduate courses in social statistics and demographic analysis. Her research has been published in highly regarded, refereed journals in the field of demography in three different research areas: educational inequalities; health and aging; and marriage and fertility. Her work on education examines the impact of family background on educational inequality, the interrelations between educational inequality and conflicts, and the intergenerational transmission of educational inequality. In the area of marriage and fertility, she has examined religious differentials in fertility and the relationship between polygyny and HIV. Her research interests in sociology of health focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in health in Canada and the United States. Rania has supervised and mentored a number of graduate students and has acted as a consultant on data analysis.


Social Demography; Inequality in Education; Sociology of the Family; Health Disparities; Quantitative Methods; Regions of interest: the Middle East; North America.

Selected Publications

Tfaily, R. (2016). Gender, sibship composition and education in Egypt. Comparative Education Review, 60(3): 480-500.

Tfaily, R., Diab, H., & Kulczycki, A. (2013). Educational disparities and conflict: evidence from Lebanon. Research in Comparative and International Education, 8(1), 55-73.

Reniers, G., & Tfaily, R. (2012). An inquiry into the mechanisms linking polygyny, partnership concurrency and HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. Demography, 49, 1075-1011.

Prus, S. G., Tfaily, R., & Lin, Z. (2010). Comparing racial and immigrant health status and health care access in later life in Canada and the United States. Canadian Journal on Aging, 29, 383-395.

Tfaily, R. (2010). Cross-community comparability of attitude questions: an application of item response theory. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(2), 95-110.

Noel-Miller, C., & Tfaily, R. (2009). Financial transfers to husbands’ and wives’ elderly mothers in Mexico: do couples exhibit preferential treatment by lineage? Research on Aging, 31(6), 611-637.

Reniers, G., & Tfaily, R. (2008). Polygyny and HIV in Malawi. Demographic Research, 19, 1811-1830.

Soldo, B. J., Mitchell, O. S., Tfaily, R., & McCabe, J. F. (2007). Cross-cohort differences in health on the verge of retirement. In B. Madrian, O. S. Mitchell, & B. J. Soldo (Eds.), Redefining retirement: how will boomers fare? (pp. 138-158). UK: Oxford University Press.

Tfaily, R. (2005). Do women with higher autonomy have lower fertility? Evidence from Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, Genus, LX (2), 7-32.