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Lauren Carruth Assistant Professor School of International Service

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(202) 885-6694 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 247
PhD, Anthropology, The University of Arizona MS, Nutrition Science & Humanitarian Policy, Tufts University

Professor Lauren Carruth is a medical anthropologist specializing in humanitarian assistance, global health, food security, refugees, and the Horn of Africa. Professor Carruth leads the Environmental Sustainability and Global Health Thematic Area within SIS. Most of her continuing ethnographic work focuses on the lasting social and health system effects of episodic humanitarian interventions in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. She focuses on four research areas: (1) the lives and livelihoods of persons who form the local staffs and research subjects of health and humanitarian relief programs, (2) global health diplomacy and the social and political work of clinical care in emergencies (3) the relationship between food insecurity, medical insecurity, and diabetes, and (4) emerging zoonotic diseases in the Horn of Africa. Dr. Carruth's new book with Cornell University Press, "Love and Liberation: Humanitarian Work in Ethiopia's Somali Region," is now available for pre-order. Her research has also been published in the journals BMJ, The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, Disasters, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Culture Medicine & Psychiatry, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, and Global Public Health. Her work has also been published in Scientific American and the Washington Post. Prior to arriving at American University, Prof. Carruth was a postdoctoral scholar at Princeton University in the Global Health and Health Policy Program, and at George Washington University in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Between 2002 and 2007 she worked for the UN World Food Program in Ethiopia, UNICEF in Ethiopia, and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University.
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Fall 2020

  • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Humanitarian Interventions

Spring 2021

  • SISU-358 Global Health

  • SISU-358 Global Health