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James Trussell, Senior Fellow

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 reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion; 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 B.S. degree in mathematics from Davidson College in 1971, a B.Phil. in economics from Oxford University in 1973, and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1975. He is a member of the board of directors of the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation and The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a member of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and a member of the Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He serves on the editorial advisory committees of Contraception, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Contraceptive Technology Update.

Recent publications include:

Hatcher R, Trussell J, Stewart F, Nelson A, Cates W, Guest F and Kowal D, Contraceptive Technology: Eighteenth Revised Edition, New York, Ardent Media, 2004.

Trussell J, Contraceptive Failure in the United States, Contraception, 2004, 70(2):89-96.

Trussell J et al., The Role of Emergency Contraception, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004, 190(4):30-38.

Trussell J et al., Estimating the Effectiveness of Emergency Contraceptive Pills, Contraception, 2003, 67(4):259-265

Trussell J et al., Extending the Time Limit for Starting the Yuzpe Regimen of Emergency Contraception to 120 Hours, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2003, 101(6):1168-1171.

Trussell J et al., Sterilization Failure, Sterilization Reversal, and Pregnancy After Sterilization Reversal in Quebec, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2003, 101(4):677-684.

Trussell J et al., Clinical Breast and Pelvic Examination Requirements for Hormonal Contraception: Current Practice vs Evidence, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001, 285(17):2232-2239.