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Name: James Trussell, BS, BPhil, PhD

Affiliation: Office of Population Research Princeton University

Chapters Contributed: Contraceptive Failure

General Biographical Description: James Trussell is Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology. His recent research has been focused in three areas: emergency contraception, contraceptive failure, and the cost-effectiveness of contraception. He has actively promoted making emergency contraception more widely available as an important step in helping women reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy; in addition to his research on this topic, he maintains an emergency contraception website ( and designed and launched a toll-free emergency contraception hotline (1-888-NOT-2-LATE). Dr Trussell received his BS degree in mathematics from Davidson College in 1971, a BPhil in economics from Oxford University in 1973, and a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1975. He is a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute and a member of the board of directors of the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, The Guttmacher Institute, and the Society of Family Planning, and a member of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He serves on the editorial advisory committees of Contraception and Contraceptive Technology Update.

Special Interests: Contraception, abortion.

Contact Address: 202 Wallace Hall Princeton University Princeton NJ 08544