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The Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS) is proud to announce the 2019/2020 cohort of CHRS Research Fellows : 

  • Nicole Angotti, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lauren Carruth, School of International Service 
  • Ernesto Castañeda, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Elizabeth Cotter, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Maria de Jesus, School of International Service
  • Molly Dondero, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kate Gunthert, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Taryn Morrissey, School of Public Affairs 
  • Claudia Persico, School of Public Affairs 
  • Rachel Robinson, School of International Service 
  • Nina Yamanis, School of International Service

Fellows were selected based on their capacity to achieve external research funding in the area of Health, Risk and Society and to conduct impactful research in this domain. For the next two years (January 15, 2019- December 14, 2020) Fellows will have access to resources including pilot funds, student research assistance, external and internal mentorship, a strategically timed course buyout as well as CHRS leadership guidance to ensure that resources successfully translate into funded grants. 

The mission of CHRS is to promote and support transformative, multi-disciplinary research to understand and address the social context and structural drivers of health and risk across settings. The CHRS Research Fellows program was created in service to this mission and the larger strategic initiatives of American University. We are grateful to the  Office of the Provost and the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for their support which has made this program possible.   

If you have questions about the Fellows Program or the Center, please email Wendy Davis (, CHRS Managing Director, or the Center’s Director, Deanna Kerrigan, (  


2018 Seminar Series
Date & Time Speaker Topic Location

Tuesday, 9/25

Jimmy Kolker, MPA Former Ambassador to Burkina Faso

How AIDS, Ebola and Zika Changed US Diplomacy (Co-sponsored with CAS Dean's Office & DHS)

Formal Lounge in Letts Hall

Wednesday, 10/3


Kelly King, PhD
Mobile Integrated Health Manager

Baltimore City Fire Department


Putting Out Fires: Curbing Baltimore's Opioid Epidemic

Watkins G12

Thursday, 10/4


Karambu Ringera, PhD

International Peace Initiatives


Reframing empowerment: Dialogues in the context of health and develoent in Kenya (Co-sponsored DHS)

Founder’s Room SIS

Wednesday, 10/17


Kim M. Blankenship, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology

Associate Dean of Research, College of Arts and Sciences, American University


Housing Instability, Housing Policy and Health

Watkins G12

Wednesday, 10/31


Sangeetha Madhavan, PhD
Associate Professor, African American Studies and Sociology

Assoc. Director, MD Population Research Ctr University of Maryland

Urban hotspots of vulnerability and resilience: An analysis of food insecurity and kinship in a Nairobi slum (Co-sponsored with the Metropolitan Policy Center)

Kerwin 301

Wednesday, 11/7


Maria Floro, PhD

Professor, Department of Economics Co-Director, Graduate Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE), American University


Care Work and the Economy:
The Role of Gender-Sensitive Macroeconomic Models in Policy Analyses


Watkins G12

Wednesday, 12/5 2:30-4:00


Ali Groves, PhD, MSH
Assistant Professor, Community Health Prevention,
Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

HIV risk during the perinatal period: exploring how age and relationship power influences postpartum sexual behavior



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