Global Health Program Affiliated Faculty

Global Health students get the opportunity to work closely with university faculty from a wide range of departments and with diverse expertise.

Department of Anthropology

  • Thomas Csordas

    Thomas Csordas

    PhD, Distinguished Professor, Global Health Program Director

    Dr. Thomas Csordas is an anthropologist whose principal interests are in medical and psychological anthropology, comparative religion, anthropological theory, cultural phenomenology and embodiment, globalization and social change, as well as language and culture.

  • Hanna Garth

    Hanna Garth

    PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor

    As a sociocultural and medical anthropologist Dr. Garth's most broadly interested in the ways in which marginalized communities struggle to overcome structural violence. Her recent work is focused on the connections between food systems, structural inequalities, health, and wellbeing. She looks at the ways in which macro-level changes and shifts in local food distribution systems impact communities, families, and individuals, specifically Dr. Garth studies how food scarcity and reduced access to affordable food influence individual and household stress levels.

  • Aftab S. Jassal

    Aftab S. Jassal

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Aftab Jassal is an anthropologist of religion, with longstanding research experience and interest in the Himalayas, specifically, Uttarakhand, a north Indian state bordering Tibet and Nepal. His research examines varying modes and registers of interaction between person, place, and divinity in South Asia. Drawing on anthropological and performance studies approaches, he is interested in how Hindu communities construct and enliven multiple social, ontological, and aesthetic realities through narrative and ritual performance, including ritual storytelling and possession.

  • Janis H. Jenkins

    Janis H. Jenkins

    PhD, Professor

    Dr. Janis Hunter Jenkins is a psychological/medical anthropologist.  She received her Ph.D. from UCLA and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Jenkins is an expert on psychological and medical anthropology, mental health, and Mexican and Central American migrants.  Professor Jenkins is a leading scholar internationally within the field of culture and mental health and a core faculty member of the Global Heath Program. 

  • Bonnie N. Kaiser

    Bonnie N. Kaiser

    PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor

    Bonnie Kaiser is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Anthropology and Global Health Program. Her research focuses on elucidating cultural models of mental health and illness and exploring their connections to care-seeking; developing and adapting measurement tools for cross-cultural research and interventions; improving cultural adaptation of global mental health interventions; and critically exploring concepts of trauma, risk, and resilience.

  • Dredge Kang

    Dredge Kang

    PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor

    Kang’s research focuses on race, gender, sexuality, class, and transnationalism. His primary interests include the anthropology of love, beauty, sex work, sexual health, structural violence, and Hallyu (Korean Wave) studies. His geographic specialization is Southeast Asia (Thailand), with particular attention to inter-Asia and Asian diaspora connections. Dr. Kang has conducted research on the construction of Asian identity and interracial relationships in Thailand, examining how middle class differentiation structures desires for East Asian partners rather than Caucasian ones. This work addresses how racial preferences in romantic relationships are socially conditioned.

  • Amy L. Non

    Amy L. Non

    PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor

    Dr. Non is a molecular anthropologist with an interest in the genetic and sociocultural contributors to racial and social inequalities in health. Currently, she is investigating how social experiences can become biologically embedded early in life to affect health throughout the life course. To do this, she is exploring epigenetic mechanisms, or modifications to the genome, that can link early adverse environmental exposures with altered gene expression, potentially resulting in long-term consequences for adult health and disease. 

  • Steven M. Parish

    Steven M. Parish

    PhD, Professor

    His major interests are cultural, medical, and psychological anthropology, social theory, religion, the self and subjectivity, global health and the subjectivity of suffering, climate change and its consequences for society and human values. His research has addressed a number of topics in psychological anthropology, with a central focus on the study of self, emotion, and moral experience.  In the anthropology of religion and South Asian studies, his scholarly interests include Hinduism, Buddhism, and the role of ritual in selfhood and social life.

  • Nancy Postero

    Nancy Postero

    PhD, Associate Professor

    Postero is the Director of the Human Rights Program at UC San Diego and is the new Director of the International Institute. Her research examines the relation between race, politics, and political economy, focusing specifically on indigenous peoples of Latin America.

  • Saiba Varma

    Saiba Varma

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Her current research examines the texture of everyday pschiatric care in different sites of trauma-based humanitarian interventions in Indian occupied Kashmir. She teaches courses on global health, medical and psychiatric anthropology, humanitarianism, and South Asian studies.

Department of Biology

  • Stephen M. Hedrick

    Stephen M. Hedrick

    PhD, Professor

    Professor Hedrick is a Chancellor's Associates Chair VII Distinguished Professor in Molecular Biology. His current research focuses on Immune homeostasis: the sum of lymphocyte dynamics.


  • Milton Saier

    Milton Saier

    PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology

    Professor Saier's research focuses on transcriptional and metabolic regulation in bacteria, transport protein evolution, and the recently identified process of transposon-mediated directed mutation. 

Department of Communication

  • Keith Pezzoli

    Keith Pezzoli

    PhD, Professor

    Keith Pezzoli's research and multimedia production focuses on sustainability, bioregional theory, science communication, green infrastructure, and coupled natural-human system interactions in the development of cities and regions around the world. Since 2000, Pezzoli has been leading the Community Engagement Core and Research Translation Core of UCSD’s Superfund Research Center (SRC) funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Department of Economics

  • Jeffrey Clemens

    Jeffrey Clemens

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Professor Jeffrey's research intersts intersect between Health Economics and Public Finance; The Economics of Redistribution and Social Insurance; State and Local Government Finances

Department of Ethnic Studies

  • Kirstie Dorr

    Kirstie Dorr

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Professor Kirstie's research interests include Critical Race and Gender Studies, Transnational Cultural Studies, Political Geography, Latin America and the Latino/a United States

  • Gabriel N. Mendes

    Gabriel N. Mendes

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Professor Gabriel's research interests include Africana/Black Disaporic Thought and Cultures (Literary and Expressive); Black Radical Thought and Politics; History and Critique of the Human Sciences; Philosophy of Race and Racism; Racism and Public Health

Department of History

  • Cathy Gere

    Cathy Gere

    PhD, Professor

    Professor Gere teaches courses on the history of medicine and medical ethics, and the history of the life sciences, especially genetics and the neurosciences.

  • Claire Edington

    Claire Edington

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Professor Edington's research interests include the history of medicine and public health, the history of the French empire, and Southeast Asian Studies, especially the history of Vietnam. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the social history of psychiatry and mental illness in French colonial Vietnam. Her next project will examine the history of drug policy in Southeast Asia from the colonial period to the present, focusing on the collision of local approaches to drug users with international discourses around public health and human rights.

Department of Literature

  • Ping-hui Liao

    Ping-hui Liao

    PhD, Professor

    Liao is an internationally recognized authority in Taiwan Studies, specializing in Taiwan cultural history (from the Japanese colonial period to the current era of globalization), East-West comparative literature, inter-arts studies (fiction, film, poetry, painting, and opera), popular culture, and critical theory (poststructuralism, postmodernism, postcolonialism). His vision regarding his teaching agenda is an ambitious one of extensive collaboration with faculty across disciplines and fields throughout the UC system in order to develop new undergraduate and graduate courses on Taiwan literature, cinema, and modernity in East Asia.

Department of Sociology

  • Daniel Navon

    Daniel Navon

    MPhil, PhD, Assistant Professor

    Professor Navon's primary areas of research are the sociology of science and knowledge/STS, comparative-historical sociology, social theory, medical sociology and qualitative methods.

  • Danielle Raudenbush

    Danielle Raudenbush

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Professor Raudenbush's areas of specialization include Urban Sociology, Health and Medicine, Poverty and Inequality, Qualitative Methods

  • Andrew Scull

    Andrew Scull

    PhD, Distinguished Professor

    Professor Scull's areas of specialization include History, Psychiatry, Medicine, Social Control, Professions, Theory

School of Medicine: Department of Anesthesiology

  • Reema Sanghvi

    MD, Associate Clinical Professor

    Dr. Reema Sanghvi is an anesthesiologist in San Diego, California and is affiliated with UC San Diego Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

School of Medicine: Department of Family Medicine & Public Health

  • Wael Al-Delaimy

    Wael Al-Delaimy

    MD, PhD, Professor, Division Chief of Global Health

    Dr. Al-Delaimy's global research activities are in non-communicable diseases, including mental health, climate change, tobacco, ethics and human rights, and refugee health. He is also involved in academic and research development in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Jose Luis Burgos

    Jose Luis Burgos

    MD, PhD, Professor

    Dr. Burgos currently specializes in global health and development with emphasis on cost effectiveness analysis of HIV and Tuberculosis intervention programs in resource limited settings.

  • Jacqueline Kerr

    Jacqueline Kerr

    PhD, Associate Professor

    Dr Kerr received her PhD from the University of Birmingham, England, in 2001 studying interventions and environments that promote stair use.

  • Becky Marquez

    Becky Marquez

    PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor

    Her research focuses on behavioral interventions targeting diet and physical activity as well as interpersonal influences on weight-related behaviors among Latinos.

  • Victoria Ojeda

    Victoria Ojeda

    MD, PhD, Associate Professor

    Dr. Ojeda’s research focuses on substance use, HIV/AIDS, and mental health comorbidities, with a focus on Latinos, including female sex workers, deportees, and injection drug users. 

  • José Ricardo Suárez

    José Ricardo Suárez

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Suarez' primary interest is in understanding the role of environmental pollutants and oxidative stress on human development and chronic disease.He is the principal investigator of the Secondary Pesticide Exposure on Infants, Children and Adolescents study (ESPINA – Estudio de la Exposicion Secundaria a Plaguicidas en Infantes, Niños y Adolescentes). The ESPINA study had the objective of understanding the associations between chronic, sub-clinical exposures to pesticides and physiological and neurobehavioral development alterations among children living in agricultural (floricultural) communities in Pedro Moncayo County, Ecuador.

School of Medicine: Department of Psychiatry

  • Jyoti Mishra

    Jyoti Mishra

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Jyoti grew up in New Delhi, India and was introduced to research in the neurosciences during her Masters' training at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS). It was love at first sight and no looking elsewhere from that moment on. In 2008 she obtained her Ph.D. in Computational Neurobiology from UC San Diego under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Hillyard and Dr. Terry Sejnowski. She then moved to San Francisco in 2009 for a unique joint post-doctoral training opportunity bridging industry and academia between the Gazzaley lab & the Brain Plasticity Institute (BPI) at PositScience. 

School of Medicine: Division of Global Public Health and Infectious Disease

  • Richard S. Garfein

    Richard S. Garfein

    PhD, MPH, Professor in the Division of Global Public Health

    Dr. Garfein served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Viral Hepatitis and a Senior Staff Epidemiologist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His research interests involve identifying risk factors for and developing interventions to prevent infectious diseases associated with substance abuse. Dr. Garfein has recently expanded the scope of his research to include describing tuberculosis among vulnerable populations.

  • Tim K. Mackey

    Tim K. Mackey

    PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health

    His work focuses on a broad array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health research. This includes cross-cutting research and publications in disciplines of public health, medicine, international relations, public policy, law, technology, economics and intellectual property, technology environmental health, eHealth, crime, and global governance.

  • Eileen Pitpitan

    Eileen Pitpitan

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Professor for the Division of Global Public Health at UCSD; A social psychologist; Her research focuses on quantitative methods to examine the social and structural factors associated with - and mechanisms driving - behavioral risks for HIV.

  • Holly B. Shakya

    Holly B. Shakya

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Her primary research interests are the social determinants of health, with a focus on social networks and social norms in the context of family health. Specifically she is interested in interpersonal network dynamics, including relational hierarchies, and multidimensional network relationships. One of her main undertakings is to understand how those network dynamics impact norms around health behavior.

  • Steffanie A. Strathdee

    Steffanie A. Strathdee

    PhD, Professor

    Strathdee is the Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist who has spent the last two decades focusing on HIV prevention in underserved, marginalized populations in developed and developing countries, including injection drug users, men having sex with men, and sex workers. Dr. Strathdee also directs the Global Health Institute and co-directs the UCSD Center for AIDS Research's International Core.

  • Jennifer A. Wagman

    Jennifer A. Wagman

    PhD, Assistant Professor

    Dr. Wagman is an active faculty member with UCSD’s Center on Gender Equity and Health and is a Deputy Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment. For the past 17 years Dr. Wagman has collaborated with the Rakai Health Sciences Program to examine the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV), reproductive health and HIV infection in rural Uganda, and lead intervention research to find effective, combination IPV and HIV prevention approaches. Dr. Wagman’s current work focuses on the epidemiology of alcohol and substance use and their associations with IPV and HIV transmission, and the science of implementing proven successful violence and HIV prevention approaches in low resource settings.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • Amro Hamdoun

    Amro Hamdoun

    PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology

    Professor Hamdoun's research interests include the structure, function and dynamics of the plasma membrane during embryonic development, live cell and and super resolution imaging of embryos, ABC transporters in development and environmental toxicology, and emerging marine pollutants and methods for predicting pollutant persistence.

  • Tarik Benmarhnia

    Tarik Benmarhnia

    PhD, Professor

    Tarik Benmarhnia is a climate change epidemiologist with a joint appointment at the University of California San Diego’s Scripps institution of Oceanography and School of Medicine. He was an environmental scientist on contaminated soil with the French Railway Company, followed by a Health Scientist position with the French National Institute of Health Education and Prevention, and most recently was a post-doc at McGill University with the Institute for Health and Social Policy.

Department of Philosophy

  • Jonathan Cohen

    Jonathan Cohen

    PhD, Professor

    Cohen works and teaches on topics in philosophy of mind, language, and perception, particularly as these are informed by the cognitive sciences.

  • Gerald D. Doppelt

    Gerald D. Doppelt

    PhD, Professor

    Main areas of philosophical interest are the philosophy of science and political theory

Department of Political Science

  • Fonna Forman

    Fonna Forman

    PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of UCSD Center on Global Justice,  Co-Director of UCSD's Blum Cross-Border Initiative

    Forman's research engages issues at the intersectionof ethics, public culture, urban policy and the city- including human rights at the urban scale, climate justice, border ethics and equitable urbanization.

  • Zoltan Hajnal

    Zoltan Hajnal

    PhD, Professor

    Interests include racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, and political behavior.

  • Gerry Mackie

    Gerry Mackie

    PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Center on Global Justice at UCSD

    Professor Mackie is a political theorist interested in contemporary political theory, the history of political thought, and problems of collective action.  His main area of interest is democracy, particularly democratic voting.  

  • David Mares

    David Mares

    PhD, Professor

    Professor Mares' research interests include international security, international political economy and Latin American civil-military relations.

  • Megumi Naoi

    Megumi Naoi

    PhD, Associate Professor

    Naoi's research focuses on the politics of trade, inequality, and redistribution

Department of Psychology

  • John Wixted

    John Wixted

    PhD, Distinguished Professor

    Dr. Wixted's research is primarily concerned with evaluating mathematical models of memory. With regard to human memory, his research focuses mainly on the analysis of recall latency distributions in both normal and memory-impaired individuals (such as patients suffering from Alzheimer's Disease). With regard to animal memory, his research focuses on signal detection analyses of memory for the absence of an event and memory for event duration.

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

  • Leslie Lewis

    Leslie Lewis

    USP Lecturer, Anthropology Visiting Lecturer

    Dr. Lewis' research interests include the social, environmental, and structural determinants of health, systems of inequality and their health impacts across the lifecourse, social and religious activisms, critical medical anthropology, healthy placemaking, and community-based participatory action research.

Visiting Lecturers

  • Ellen Kozelka

    Ellen Kozelka

    Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego

    Ellen Kozelka is a Psychological and Medical anthropologist. Her current research examines the cultural definition and lived experience of the “drug addict” living in a rehabilitation center within the Southern California, USA--Baja California, MX border zone. Ellen participates in an international and inter-institutional project with El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California investigating the relatively recent proliferation of religious and secular/spiritual rehabilitation centers for illicit drug users in Tijuana, MX. Her research interests include Latin America, the anthropology of Christianity, adolescence, global mental health, and emotional experience.

  • Christine Murto

    PhD in Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basel, Switzerland

    Dr. Murto works for the San Diego County Public Health Service as the coordinator for refugee health screening program and the Cure TB program in San Diego Public Health Services Division of TB Control and Refugee Health. Her professional activities and areas of interest are in Migrant and rural health, Neglected tropical disease (NTD), Social Determinants of health, Mixed method qualitative and quantitative research, and Monitoring and Evaluation.

  • Nadia Santillanes

    Nadia Santillanes

    PhD in Medical Anthropology, CIESAS/CDMX

    Dr. Nadia Sanitllanes is a social anthropologist with expertise on mental health and migration. Since 2007, she has conducted research on health and migration in various contexts and population groups. One of them aimed to explore the difficulties that mexican undocumented have in accessing health services in New York City. In 2009, she participated as responsible in the binational project: Migration and its impact on the aging of men and women; a comparative study of the health of older migrants in Texas, California, Illinois and Mexico (UNAM and Texas A & M University). In 2011 she collaborated in the multi-center project: International migration and rights in sexual and reproductive health in migrants from Central America and Mexico, led by the National Institute of Public Health. Finally during the PhD she did her ethnographic work on the health / illness / care process of mexican undocumented women diagnosed with depression in the city of New York. Her principal interests are violence and its linkage with mental health problems in vulnerable groups in migrational contexts. Primary interest also include the evaluation of public health policies towards the specific needs of migrant groups.

  • Paula Saravia

    Paula Saravia

    PhD in Anthropology, UC San Diego

    Research Interests: Global Health and Inequality, Racisms, Gender, Health and Development, Indigenous Medicines, Cultural Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, History of Medicine, Latin America.

  • Steven Wiersma

    Steven Wiersma

    MD, MPH

    Steven Wiersma is a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is currently on assignment as the Associate Director for Science and Branch Chief for Technical Programs at the US Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) located in San Diego, California. Dr. Wiersma has more than 30 years of professional experience in clinical medicine and public health. He has held long and short-term positions in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United States with WHO, CDC, USAID, the State of Florida, Johns Hopkins University, NGOs and the US military. His research interests are broad and include HIV/AIDS epidemic control, field epidemiology and viral hepatitis.

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