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Global Health & Environment

Increasing growth in the global population presents new challenges that effect global resources and health. Our scholar research advances knowledge and solutions to address the changes to our environmental and health systems. Whether it is examining the political realities related to water governance, exploring the role of environmental activism in shaping preservation strategies, or analyzing health policies in developing countries to reduce communicable disease rates, our scholars' research addresses great social and economic challenges that occur in international development.

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KEN CONCA
conca@american.edu
202-885-6391

Expertise

  • Environment
  • Peace-building
  • Global environmental governance
  • Environmental politics & policy
  • United Nations
  • Latin America
  • Multilateral organization

 

Selected Publications

  • The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance: Towards a New Political Economy of Sustainability (London: Routledge, 2008).
  • Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006).
  • Manufacturing Insecurity: The Rise and Fall of Brazil's Military-Industrial Complex (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1997).

 


MARIA DE JESUS
dejesus@american.edu
202-885-6392

EXPERTISE

  • Health inequalities
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Health promotion
  • Health outcomes
  • Community health workers
  • Global health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Under-served populations

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • De Jesus, M. (2012). Promoting Culturally Responsive Health Communication. Intercultural Management Quarterly, 13(2): 9-11.
  • De Jesus, M. & Lykes, M. B. (2004). Racism and 'Whiteness' in transitions to peace: Indigenous peoples, human rights, and the struggle for justice. In M. Fine, L. Weis, L. P. Pruitt, & A. Burns (Eds.), Off White: Readings on power, privilege, and resistance. New York: Routledge Farmer, pp.331-344.

DANIEL ESSER
esser@american.edu
202-885-1892

EXPERTISE

  • Afghanistan / Pakistan
  • Sierra Leone
  • Latin America
  • Global health
  • Local governance
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Aid effectiveness / Agenda-setting
  • United Nations

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Political Economy of Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan: Urban Restructuring Beyond the North-South Divide," accepted for publication and forthcoming in Urban Studies, 2013.
  •  "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), accepted for publication and forthcoming in Journal of Social Policy, 2013.
  • "Comparable and Yet Context-Sensitive? Improving Evaluation in Violently Divided Societies Through Methodology" (with E. E. VanderKamp), Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 8(2), pp. 42-56, 2013


T. GARRETT GRADDY
graddy@american.edu
202-885-6269

Expertise

  • Political economy
  • Economies of food & agriculture
  • Agricultural biodiversity
  • Food security
  • Grassroots conservation
  • South America
  • Appalachia

Selected Publications

  • “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond,” Antipode. 2014.
  • “Seed-saving,” Encyclopedia of Food & Agricultural Ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press. 2014.
  • “Regarding Biocultural Heritage: in situ Political Ecology of Agricultural Biodiversity in the Peruvian Andes,” Agriculture & Human Values. 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-013-9428-8.

SIKINA JINNAH
jinnah@american.edu
202-885-1819

Expertise

  • Global environmental politics
  • Climate change politics
  • Trade/environment politics
  • Biodiversity politics
  • International bureaucratic politics
  • US-EU bilateral trade

 

Selected Publications

  • Jinnah, Sikina and Goueun Lee. (forthcoming 2013) “Diplomacy and Environmental Policy: Endangered Species and Others at Risk (1950s-present)” in The Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy, Sally Fairfax and Ed Russell (eds.) Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press.
  • Jinnah, Sikina. (forthcoming 2013) “Overlap Management in the World Trade Organization: Secretariat Influence on Trade-Environment Politics” in Institutional Aspects of International Trade Law, Tomer Broude and Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin (eds.) London, UK: Ashgate.
  • Jinnah, Sikina. (2012) “Trade-Environment Politics: The Emerging Role of Regional Trade Agreements” In Handbook of Global Environmental Politics,  Peter Dauvergne (ed.) Cheltenham, UK and Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

 


SIMON NICHOLSON
simon.nicholson@american.edu
202-885-1614

Expertise

  • Food & agriculture politics
  • Global environmental & energy politics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Global fisheries
  • Genetically modified foods
  • Climate change

 

Selected Publications

  • "Governance and Global Environmental Issues: Cooperation in the Twenty-first Century (2000s-present)," in Sally Fairfax and Ed Russel (eds.), The Guide to US Environmental Policy (Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming).
  • "Biotechnology and the Global Food Riots," in Guy Robinson et al. (eds.), The Globalisation of Agriculture (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
  • "Environmentalism: Cars, Farming, and Resource Insecurity," in Jennifer Sterling-Folker (ed.), Making Sense of IR Theory (2nd ed.) (Lynne Rienner, 2013).

 


MALINI RANGANATHAN
malini@american.edu
202-885-6901

EXPERTISE

  • Political ecology
  • Urban geography
  • Urban water reform
  • Flood vulnerability
  • India
  • Global South

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • RANGANATHAN, M. In Review. “Mafias in the Waterscape: Everyday Public Authority and Informality in Bangalore”. Water Alternatives – Special Issue on “Informal Space in the Urban Waterscape”.
  • "Paying for Water, Claiming Citizenship: Political Agency and Water Reforms at the Urban Periphery". International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12028.
  • "Financialized and Insurgent: The Dialectics of Participation in Bangalore's Neoliberal Water Reforms" in K Coelho, Vijaybaskar and L Kamath (Eds),Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India. Routledge: New Delhi and Abingdon.

 


RACHEL ROBINSON
robinson@american.edu
202-885-1636

EXPERTISE

  • Health policy
  • Natal & reproductive health
  • Health programming
  • Africa
  • Qualitative analysis

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. Forthcoming. “Negotiating Development Prescriptions: The Case of Population Policy in Nigeria.” Population Research and Policy Review.
  • Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. 2011. "From Population to HIV: The Organizational and Structural Determinants of HIV Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa." Journal of the International AIDS Society14(Suppl 2): S6.
  • "Counting Women's Labour: A Reanalysis of Children's Net Production Using Cain's Data from a Bangladeshi Village,"Population Studies 62(1): 25-38, 2008 (with Karen L. Kramer, and Ronald D. Lee).

PAUL WAPNER
pwapner@american.edu
202-885-1647

EXPERTISE

  • Global environmental politics
  • Environmental activist groups
  • The American environmental movement
  • Environmental ethics

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Living through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2010. (Paperback version published March 2013.)
  • Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, Albany: State University of New York Press 1996. (Recipient of the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, International Studies Association, 1997.)
  • Climate Change and Inner Peace, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 25, no. 4, Winter 2013 (forthcoming)

 


THESPINA YAMANIS
yamanis@american.edu
202-885-6562

EXPERTISE

  • HIV/AIDS risk behavior
  • Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Violence against women
  • Global Health
  • Underserved populations
  • Tanzania

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 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).