Research Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
PhD Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
BS Anthropology, Emory University
Kirsten Stoebenau, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor at the Center on Health, Risk and Society within the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on the social and structural determinants of women's sexual and reproductive health with a geographical focus in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, her interests include the social and structural determinants of women's HIV risk within the context of sexual exchange relationships; and the socio-cultural and gendered determinants and consequences of fertility outcomes. Examples of her work include a ethnographic examination of the social stratification of women's sex work in Madagascar; a conceptual analysis of the meaning of transactional sex in sub-Saharan Africa; and a mixed-method study of the linkages between school dropout and pregnancy among adolescent girls in West Nile, Uganda. Her work has been published in Social Science & Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health and Globalization and Health, among others. Before joining American University, Dr. Stoebenau was a Social and Behavioral Scientist with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in Washington, DC.