Department of Sociology
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, International Health; MPH, Tulane University, International Health; BA, Emory University, Political Science and Spanish
Dr. Deanna Kerrigan is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center on Health, Risk, and Society at American University. Her research focuses on social and structural factors affecting the health of underserved populations. She has led multiple studies on the development and evaluation of community empowerment-based HIV prevention interventions among marginalized women in Latin America and the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. She recently joined the faculty at AU, after being on faculty of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2000, where she had a joint appointment in the Departments of International Health and Health, Behavior & Society. At JHU, she was the Co-Director of the Prevention Core of the JHU Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and directed a global HIV prevention implementation science project, Research to Prevention (R2P), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She previously worked as a Program Officer for the Ford Foundation, leading their Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights portfolio in Brazil.