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Fall 2016 CHRS Seminars

The CHRS weekly seminar series features speakers who discuss critical issues in applying social science perspectives to health. It covers cross-disciplinary topics and includes a combination of presentations, "work in progress" seminars, and thematic seminars.

This year’s thematic seminars focus on topics related to CHRS working groups: Community Disruption and Health; Global Health; and Social Determinants and Structural Interventions.

For further information on the series or working groups, contact CHRS@american.edu — or download the seminar flyer.

All events are Wednesdays, 2:30-4 PM in Battelle T30. 

 

Seminars, Fall 2016

September 14

New Semester Welcome and "Mini-Presentations"

We begin the semester by welcoming new members of the CHRS community and saying hello to old friends from 2:30-3:00 and will continue with a series of “mini-presentations” from CHRS affiliates, providing introductions to or updates on, their research. Presenters include:

  • Nicole Angotti, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, American University
  • Michael D.M. Bader, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, American University
  • Rita Jalali, PhD, Scholar in Residence, Department of Sociology, American University
  • Cristel Russell, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, Kogod School of Business, American University
  • Kirsten Stoebenau, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and CHRS, American University


September 21

Continue with "Mini-Presentations"

CHRS seminar will continue with a series of “mini-presentations” from CHRS affiliates, providing introductions to or updates on, their research. Presenters include:

  • Molly Dondero, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, American University
  • Daniel Esser, PhD, MSc, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University
  • Sonya A. Grier, PhD, MBA, Professor, Department of Marketing, Kogod School of Business, American University
  • Mary Eschelbach Hansen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, American University
  • Ethan Mereish, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Studies, American University
  • Thespina (Nina) Yamanis, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University


September 28

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, American University

“Adoption Policy and the Well-Being of Adopted Children in the US”

This presentation discusses research that measures the extent to which the well-being of children adopted from foster care in the United States changed in response to laws that encouraged speedier adoption but targeted older children who often have special needs.


October 5

Work in Progress

Dave E. Marcotte, PhD, Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy and Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research, School of Public Affairs, American University

“Sexual Violence, Title IX and Women’s College Enrollment”

While sexual violence has long been a problem on college campuses, the use of complaints filed to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights under the Title IX provisions of the Education Amendments of 1972 are new. These cases focus attention on specific colleges’ responses to cases of sexual violence and raise the specter that these institutions fail to properly investigate allegations or punish perpetrators. In this paper, we examine the implications of these investigations on the college enrollment, particularly of women. We combine institution-level panel data on enrollment by age and gender, with information on Title IX investigations to study changes in women’s enrollment.


October 12 - Thematic Seminar

Work in Progress

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Ecology and of Africana Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

“Stop and Frisk, Black Bodies, and Public Health Risk”

This presentation will discuss the ways in which policing strategies such as the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk undermine Black health by inducing stress, fear and trauma, acting as a day-to-day experience of racism, reducing civic engagement and eliciting mistrust, and creating a loss of use of resources.


October 19 - Thematic Seminar

Andrew Fenelon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, University of Maryland School of Public Health

“Housing Assistance, Neighborhoods, and Adult Health in the United States”

This project uses the recent linkage of the National Health Interview Survey to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development administrative record to examine the effect of housing assistance on adult health and health care outcomes. The analysis compares individuals receiving assistance from one of three housing programs (Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and Multifamily Housing) to those individuals who have not yet entered HUD housing. The results have implications for the social determinants of health and the potential added benefits of federal housing assistance.


October 26 - Thematic Seminar

Jhumka Gupta, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University

"TBA"


November 2

Rebecca J. Hester, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Technology, Virginia Tech

“Culture in Medicine: An Argument Against Competence”

While there has been much debate about the role of culture in medicine, less has been said about the role of competence when it comes to dealing with diversity in clinical interactions. Focusing on this neglected topic, this talk will argue that rather than emphasizing the power of culture in our practices and pedagogies, we need to illuminate the cultures of power at work in health and medicine.


November 9

Co-sponsored by the DC Center for AIDS Research, Social and Behavioral Sciences Core

Maria De Jesus, PhD, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University; Astrid Jimenez, Esq., Executive Director, Nueva Vida

“Community-Academic Partnerships: Benefits and Challenges”

This presentation will be an opportunity to discuss ideas on what community-academic partnerships entail, the different levels of possible participation from community partners, and the benefits and challenges to doing this type of research whether domestically or internationally. It will include an interactive component to hear from the audience as well: for example, experiences they have had, questions from those who may not have ever engaged in this type of research, and other related issues.


November 16

"TBD"


November 30

Ashley Currier, PhD, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati

“Prison Sex and Politicized Homophobia in Malawi”

This presentation draws on an analysis of 101 Malawian newspaper articles that mention prison sex as well as 435 articles that provide more general information about prison conditions to address the question: Why don’t some negative discourses about same-sex sexualities metamorphose or feed into politicized homophobia? It argues that not all negative discourses about same-sex sexualities agglomerate into politicized homophobia and recognizes that arguments that treat politicized homophobia as in need of urgent intervention can exaggerate the pressing priority of antigay vitriol and ignore African antihomophobic resistance.


December 7

Work in Progress

Thespina (Nina) Yamanis, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

“Post-Ebola: Building Social Science Research and Training Capacity in West Africa”

Nina will present plans for a revised training grant proposal to NIH Fogarty International Center to serve countries that were affected by the Ebola outbreak. The purpose of the grant is to train West African public health professionals who have the research capacity to assess and address social, behavioral and cultural aspects related to emerging viral outbreaks. The proposed initiative will connect American University faculty focused on the intersection of social science and health with faculty in the Department of Community Health, College of Medical and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) at the University of Sierra Leone. The revised proposal is due February 22, 2017.



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