Public Health Faculty

Jolynn Gardner Director, Public Health Program CAS - Health Studies

Jolynn Gardner is the Director of the Public Health Program in the Department of Health Studies. Dr. Gardner has over 25 years of experience in undergraduate Public Health education. She earned a do

  jgardner@american.edu

  (202) 885-3943

Jody Gan Instructor CAS - Health Studies

Jody Gan is an instructor in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Health Studies where she teaches Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Health Promotion, Multicultural Health, Lif

  gan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6872

Melissa Hawkins Director, Public Health Scholars Program CAS - Health Studies

Melissa Hawkins is the Director of the Public Health Scholars Program in the Department of Health Sciences at American University. Dr. Hawkins brings over a decade of experience in the application of

  mhawkins@american.edu

  (202) 885-6252

Affiliated Faculty

Lynne Arneson Premed Advisor CAS - Biology

Following an education in the Midwest culminating in a PhD in Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, Professor Arneson began teaching students in the Department of Biology at American University i

  larneso@american.edu

  (202) 885-2186

Monica Biradavolu Scholar in Residence CAS - Sociology

Monica Biradavolu joined AU in 2010 and is affiliated to the Department of Sociology and the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Duke University and a BA in So

  biradav@american.edu

  (202) 895-4971

Kim Blankenship Professor CAS - Sociology

Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Co

  blankens@american.edu

  (202) 885-6211

Wendy Boland Associate Dean of Programs and Learning, KSB KSB - Acad Progs - Graduate

Professor Boland joined the Marketing Department at Kogod in the fall of 2008 after receiving her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on consumer decision making, r

  boland@american.edu

  (202) 885-1976

Elizabeth Cotter Assistant Professor CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. She is a licensed psychologist with research interests related to the prevention of eating an

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  (202) 885-3703

Maria De Jesus Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health disparities, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research examin

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  (202) 885-6392

Daniel Esser Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Professor Esser's current research investigates the social foundations of political legitimacy in non-democratic settings. This new line of inquiry builds on his widely cited work on urban governance,

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  (202) 885-1892

Sonya Grier Professor KSB - Marketing

Professor Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current researc

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  (202) 885-1971

Kathleen Gunthert Associate Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Gunthert’s program of research focuses on the influence of everyday stress and coping on depression, anxiety, and psychotherapy outcomes. Specifically, she has used intensive daily monitoring tech

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  (202) 885-1701

David Haaga Professor and Department Chair, Psychology CAS - Psychology

Dave Haaga is a Professor of Psychology and has been a faculty member at American University since 1989. Dr. Haaga received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California an

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  (202) 885-1718

Jocelyn Johnston Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on government contracting, public management, and intergovernmental programs and policy. Her publications can be seen in such scholarly journals as the Jo

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  (202) 885-2608

Jeffrey Kaplan Associate Professor CAS - Biology

Kaplan’s lab studies bacterial biofilms, which are thin, slimy layers of bacteria that grow on surfaces exposed to a liquid. Biofilms grow on rocks in streams, inside pipes, on teeth, and on implanted

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  (202) 885-2113

Alan Kraut University Professor CAS - History

Alan M. Kraut is University Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service. He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Currently,

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  (202) 885-2410

Kimberly Leighton Assistant Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Kim Leighton was raised in the Boston area, and has spent much of her life in New York and Western Mass. She spent her junior year abroad studying at Oxford University. After finishing her dissertatio

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  (202) 885-2415

Taryn Morrissey Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. She is Associate Professor of public policy at AU, a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute, and a

  morrisse@american.edu

  (202) 885-6323

Jane Palmer Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University, an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Smi

  jane.palmer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3118

Nathan Paxton Professorial Lecturer SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Nathan A. Paxton studies international relations, organizational decisionmaking, global public health, and political theory, and he is a member of the International Development Program in SIS. His

  napaxton@american.edu

  (202) 885-2460

Adrienne Pine Associate Professor CAS - Anthropology

Adrienne Pine is a militant medical anthropologist who has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Korea, the United States, Egypt, and Cuba. In her book, Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in

  pine@american.edu

  (202) 885-1845

Maria Pospieszalska Director, Professional Science Masters in Biostatistics CAS - Math & Statistics

Prior to joining AU, Dr. Maria K. Pospieszalska held research scientist positions at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, the Department of Biomedical Engineeri

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  (202) 885-6472

Rachel Robinson Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the global health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality education. Her book, I

  robinson@american.edu

  (202) 885-1636

Jeremy Shiffman Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Jeremy Shiffman is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. A political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy and administration in poor count

  jshiffma@american.edu

  (202) 885-3653

Anastasia Snelling Department Chair, Health Studies CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor and Chair of the Department of Health Studies at American University. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a registered dietitian fo

  stacey@american.edu

  (202) 885-6278

Martha Starr Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Starr's research interests are consumption, saving, wealth, healthcare spending, health behaviors, regulation of tobacco products, healthcare antitrust, pharmaceuticals, markets for healthca

  mstarr@american.edu

  (202) 885-3747

Sue Taylor Public Anthropologist in Residence CAS - Anthropology

Taylor had extensive experience in nursing administration and clinical practice when she pursued a career in anthropology focusing on issues of health and gerontology. She directed a graduate program

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  (202) 885-6793

Rachel Watkins Associate Professor CAS - Anthropology

My research focuses on the biological and social history of African Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US. I began this journey studying the health consequences of poverty and inequal

  watkins@american.edu

  (202) 885-1663

Thespina Yamanis Assistant Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and structural conditions to health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to

  yamanis@american.edu

  (202) 885-6562

Brian Yates Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Yates has published or has in-press 94 articles, book chapters, and online pieces, including 5 books. Most of his publications apply cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to the systematic e

  byates@american.edu

  (202) 885-1727