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Spring 2015 CHRS Seminars

The CHRS weekly seminar series discusses critical issues in the social dimensions of health. It covers cross-disciplinary topics and features a combination of presentations, "work in progress" seminars, methods overview seminars, and thematic seminars involving local and outside speakers.This year's thematic seminars focus on disruption, displacement and health. Some address the intersection of disruption, displacement and health; others are by experts on various types of disruptions meant to stimulate discussions of their potential implications for health. Many of the CHRS seminars also address global health. These are indicated on the schedule below. For further information, contact Sarah Casey at CHRS@american.edu.

All events are Wednesdays, 2:30-4 PM in Battelle T30 unless noted below.


March 18

Jeremy Shiffman, PhD, Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University

“The Emergence and Effectiveness of Global Health Networks: Toward Final Project Results”



Jelena Kmezic, MA, Academic Technology Applications trainer in the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning

“Agent Based Modeling with an Application to AIDS Research”

Note that this session is co-sponsored by the All AU Quant Methods Seminar Series and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR)

April 1

Daniel Esser, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University; Research Affiliate of MIT’s Center for International Studies

“Explaining Aid Agency Performance in Global Development Governance: DFID’s Leadership in Development Assistance for Health”


February 4

Erdal Tekin, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University

"The Effect of Adverse Prenatal Conditions on Well-Being"


April 8

Megan Comfort, PhD, Senior Research Sociologist, Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Research Division, RTI International; Department of Medicine, University of California – San Franscisco

“Embedded Social Work and Ethnography: A Hybrid Approach for Studying Hypermarginality in Institutional Contexts”

Note that this is a work in progress seminar

April 15

Nicole Angotti, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Acting Assistant Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society, American University

”Love Crimes: The Expansion of Criminalization of Same-Sex Sexualities inThree African Countries”

Note that this is a work in progress seminar


April 22

Audrey Singer, PhD, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

"Local Insights from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for Implementing Administrative Relief.”

May 6

Rachel Robinson, PhD, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

“From the Global North to the Global South: Comparing Sexuality Education in Mississippi and Nigeria”



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