Department Chair, Sociology
Department of Sociology
Additional Positions at AU
Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor and Chair 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 Core of the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research. She previously served on the faculty of Sociology at Duke University and at the Duke Global Health Institute (2008-2010) and on the faculty at Yale University, where she was also Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (1998-2008). Research and publications focus on the social determinants of health and structural interventions to address them. She has received funding from NIDA, NIMH, CDC, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Current research includes a mixed methods study of the implementation and impact of community mobilization interventions for HIV prevention in female sex workers in India (BMGF); and a mixed methods, longitudinal study of the impact of criminal justice involvement on HIV related risk of re-entrants and their sexual partners and its association with race disparities in HIV/AIDS (NIDA).
PhD, Sociology, Duke University
MA, Sociology, Duke University
BA, Sociology, College of William and Mary
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