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Global Public Health

Our scholars’ approaches to understanding health are robust and interdisciplinary. From the examination of the effects of HIV/AIDS prevalence with civil and ethnic wars to the impact of NGOs on health outcomes, scholarly research explores a range of facets in global health. Scholarship in this issue area broadly covers the following topics:

  • Underserved Populations

  • Health Policy & Agenda-Setting

  • Health Care Delivery
  • Health Determinants & Violence

  • Donor Aid & Assistance

  • Cross-cultural Communication

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  • Medical Anthropology
  • Humanitarianism
  • Nutritional Anthropolopy
  • Health Disparities
  • Bioethics
  • Human Rights
  • Refugee Studies
  • Peoples and Cultures of Africa


  • 2015 [In Press] Trust and Care-Giving During a UNICEF-Funded Relief Operation in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. In, Red Cross, Red Crescent, Blue Helmets: Medical Humanitarianism in States of Emergency. Eds, Abramowitz, Sharon and Catherine Panter-Brick. The University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 2014 [In Press] Camel, Milk, Amoxicillin, and a Prayer: Medical Pluralism and Medical Humanitarian Aid in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Special Issue on Medical Humanitarianism. Social Science & Medicine, Published online March 12, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.03.007
  • 2013 [under review] Unregulated Medications in the Somali Region of Ethiopia: Implications for Global Public Health and International Pharmaceutical Regulation. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

Maria DeJesus



  • Health inequalities, particularly cross-cultural communication and health promotion

  • How ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and migration status interact to affect health outcomes

  • Importance of cross-cultural communication and relationship building in the work of community health workers


  • “Perspectives on quality mental health care from Brazilian and Cape Verdean outpatients: Implications for effective patient-centered policies and models of care” With Tara R. Earl, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, January 2014.

  • “Predicting Health Care Utilization Among Latinos: Health Locus of Control Beliefs or Access Factors?” With Chenyang Xiao, Health Education & Behavior, April 2014.

  • De Jesus. M. (2013). The impact of mass media health communication on health decision-making and medical advice-seeking behavior of U.S. Hispanic population. Health Communication, 28(5):525-529.

Daniel Esser




  • Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sierra Leone

  • Global health

  • Local governance

  • Complex emergencies

  • Post-conflict reconstruction

  • Aid effectiveness, program evaluation


  • "Elusive Accountabilities in the HIV Scale-up: ‘Ownership’ as a Functional Tautology," Global Public Health 9(1-2), pp. 43-56, 2014.

  • "Tracing Poverty and Inequality in International Development Discourses: An Algorithmic and Visual Analysis of Agencies’ Annual Reports and Occasional White Papers, 1978-2010" (with B. J. Williams), Journal of Social Policy 43(1), pp. 173-200, 2014.

  • "The Political Economy of Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan: Urban Restructuring Beyond the North-South Divide," Urban Studies 50(15), pp. 3084-3098, 2013.

Nathan Paxton




  • Organizational decision-making

  • Global public health

  • Political theory


  • Paxton, Nathan A. 2012. “Political science(s) and HIV: a critical analysis”, Contemporary Politics, 18(2): 141-155.

  • “Virtue From Vice: Duty, Power, and The West Wing” in Deceptive Words: The Poetics and Politics of Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Fahy, ed., Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2005

  • “Outside Public View: Let the Games Begin!” in Making Government Work: California cases in policy, politics, and public management, Barry Keene, ed., Berkeley: IGS Press, 2000

Rachel Robinson




  • Determinants of fertility timing and numbers

  • Population policy

  • Reproductive health

  • HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa


  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. Forthcoming (2015). Intimate Interventions: Preventing Pregnancy and Preventing HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. Forthcoming (2014). “Population Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case of both Normative and Coercive Ties to the World Polity.” Population Research and Policy Review.

  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan, Ann Meier, Jenny Trinitapoli, and Joseph Svec. Forthcoming (2014). “Integrating the Demographic and Health Surveys, IPUMS-I, and TerraPopulus to Explore Mortality and Health Outcomes at the District Level in Ghana, Malawi, and Tanzania.” African Journal of Population Studies.

Nina Yamanis




  • Understanding and targeting the social determinants of HIV risk and relationship violence

  • Evaluating and implementing novel methods for reaching hidden and vulnerable populations

  • Developing multi-level interventions that improve health behaviors


  • Yamanis, Thespina (2013), M. Giovanna Merli, W. Whipple Neely. Feng Tian, James Moody, Tu Xiaowen, and Ersheng Gao. An empirical analysis of the impact of recruitment patterns on RDS estimates among a socially ordered population of female sex workers in China. Sociological Methods and Research. Published online 26 July 2013, DOI: 10.1177/0049124113494576.

  • "From coitus to concurrency: sexual partnership characteristics and risk behaviors of 15-19 year old men recruited from urban venues in Tanzania". AIDS and Behavior, 2012 (with I. Doherty, S. Weir, et al).

  • “Social venues that protect against & promote HIV risk for young men in Tanzania”, Social Science & Medicine, 2010 (with S Maman, J Mbwambo, et al).