Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University. Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology. His recent research has been focused in four areas: medical abortion via telemedicine, 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 (

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 FIAPAC and the Women on Web Foundation, and the Council of British Society of Abortion Care Providers.   Recent publications include:

Aiken ARA, Gomperts R, Digol I, Trussell J. Self-Reported outcomes and adverse events following medical abortion via online telemedicine: a population-based study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. BMJ. Epub  2017 May 16;357. PubMed PMID: 28512085; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5431774.

Aiken ARA, Scott JG, Gomperts R, Trussell J, Worrell M, Aiken CE. Requests for abortion in Latin America related to concern about Zika virus exposure. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jul 28;375(4):396-8. Epub 2016 Jun 22. PMID: 27331661; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5026851.

Foster AM, Arnott G, Parniak S, LaRoche KJ, Trussell J. No exceptions: documenting the abortion experiences of US Peace Corps Volunteers. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jan;105(1):41-48. PubMed PMID: 25494207; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4265941

Borrero S, Zite N, Potter JE, Trussell J. Medicaid policy on sterilization--anachronistic or still relevant? N Engl J Med. 2014 Jan 9;370(2):102-4. PubMed PMID: 24401047; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4418554..

Trussell J, Portman D. The creeping pearl: why has the rate of contraceptive failure increased in clinical trials of combined hormonal contraceptive pills? Contraception. 2013 Nov;88(5):604-10. Epub 2013 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 23683581; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3795840.

Cleland K, Zhu H, Goldstuck N, Cheng L, Trussell J. The efficacy of intrauterine devices for emergency contraception: a systematic review of 35 years of experience. Hum Reprod. 2012 Jul;27(7):1994-2000. Epub 2012 May 8. PubMed PMID: 22570193; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3619968..

Trussell J. Contraceptive efficacy. In: Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson AL, Cates W, Kowal D, and Policar M (eds).Contraceptive Technology: Twentieth Revised Edition. New York NY: Ardent Media; 2011. p. 779-863.

Cleland K, Peipert JF, Westhoff C, Spear S, Trussell J. Family Planning as a cost-saving preventative health service. N Engl J Med. 2011 May 5;364(18):e37. Epub 2011 Apr 20. PubMed PMID: 21506736

Cleland K, Raymond E, Trussell J, Cheng L, Zhu H. Ectopic pregnancy and emergency contraceptive pills: a systematic review. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jun;115(6):1263-6. PubMed PMID: 20502299; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3903002.

Fjerstad M, Trussell J, Sivin I, Lichtenberg ES, Cullins V. Rates of serious infection after changes in regimens for medical abortion. N Engl J Med. 2009 Jul 9;361(2):145-51. PubMed PMID: 19587339; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3568698

Trussell J, Lalla AM, Doan QV, Reyes E, Pinto L, Gricar J. Cost effectiveness of contraceptives in the United States. Contraception. 2009 Jan;79(1):5-14. Epub 2008 Sep 25. PubMed PMID: 19041435; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3638200.  Erratum. Contraception 2009 Aug;80(2):229-30.

Trussell J, Guthrie KA, Schwarz EB. Much ado about little: obesity, combined hormonal contraceptive use, and venous thrombosis. Contraception. 2008 Mar;77(3):143-6. Epub 2008 Jan 30. PubMed PMID: 18279682.

Kost K, Singh S, Vaughan B, Trussell J, Bankole A. Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. Contraception. 2008 Jan;77(1):10-21. Epub 2007 Dec 3. PubMed PMID: 18082661; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2811396

Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson AL, Cates W, Stewart F, Kowal D (ed). Contraceptive Technology: Nineteenth Revised Edition. New York NY: Ardent Media; 2007.

Raymond EG, Trussell J, Polis CB. Population effect of increased access to emergency contraceptive pills: a systematic review. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jan;109(1):181-8. PubMed PMID: 17197603.

Davidoff F, Trussell J. Plan B and the politics of doubt. JAMA. 2006 Oct 11;296(14):1775-8. PubMed PMID: 17032991.