People

Kristy Nabhan-Warren

Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs
Professor, V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies
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Dr. Nabhan-Warren is passionate about teaching and research and finds both vocations to be mutually informing and inspiring. In both the classroom and in her scholarly work, she focuses on the lived, daily experiences of American Christians and their communities. She loves to teach, and enjoys the challenge of making the academic study of religion relevant and exciting to students. She strives to get them to the point where they care more about understanding and empathizing with others' beliefs and practices than when they entered the class. She aims to make her classes learning communities where the professor and students learn as much from the assigned texts—printed, aural, and digital—as they do from each other's perspectives and analyses.
Lindsay Vella

Lindsay Vella, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Administrator, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs (Interim)
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Lindsay Vella is the Interim Departmental Administrator for the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.
Sokhieng Au

Sokhieng Au, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Interim Director, Global Health Studies
Lecturer
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Dr. Au's global health interests include the history and cultural understandings of medicine, the human body, and disease. Her published research ranges from a study of dissection in the Belgian Congo to an edited volume on the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic. She has lived and worked in the U.S., South America, the French Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. She teaches courses on global epidemics, global health promotion, and global health inequities.
Karmen Berger

Karmen Berger, Ph.D.

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Associate Director, Global Health Studies
Senior Academic Advisor
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Karmen Berger serves as the Associate Director and Senior Academic Advisor for the Global Health Studies Program (GHSP). In collaboration with GHS faculty, she creates, implements, and administers experiential learning opportunities such as the summer GHS internship with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, and the GHS social entrepreneurship course which works with Community Health Initiative, Haiti. She meets regularly with GHS students to connect them to research, campus events, student organizations, internships, and study abroad opportunities which help them to define and achieve their post-graduation goals.
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Christine Brunner Luse, M.P.A., B.S.N., R.N.

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Adjunct Instructor, Global Health Studies
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Christine Brunner Luse's global health interests include the intersection of politics and health on a micro and macro level, technology and innovation, "storytelling" as a method of promoting global health goals, and "new world-global health." With roots in nursing, she has also worked as a management consultant and public health professional. She teaches courses on global health promotion, technology to improve global health, and working in global health.
V Fixmer-Oraiz

V Fixmer-Oraiz, M.S.

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Adjunct Instructor, Global Health Studies
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V Fixmer-Oraiz's global health interests include the political and social implications of public health measures. They are currently the CEO & Founder of Astig Planning, an environmental and community planning firm committed to racial justice and social equity. They have lived and worked in the U.S. and the Philippines and are part of the Philippine diaspora. V Fixmer-Oraiz teaches global health promotion classes.
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Katherine Herz, M.P.H., M.A.

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Adjunct Instructor, Global Health Studies
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Katie Herz's global health interests focus on the history of medicine and public health in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has worked and lived in Russia and Kazakhstan and traveled extensively in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. She has worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the online journal, Environmental Health. Katie Herz teaches courses on maternal and child health, and health policy.
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Anne Kiche, Ph.D.

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Adjunct Instructor, Global Health Studies
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Dr. Kiche's global health interests include education and global health, and the connection between migration, diversity, and pandemics on both the physical and mental health of populations. Life experiences from living in Kenya and the US have invaluably informed her teaching and research in global health. She has held various leadership roles in the African immigrant and refugee communities in Linn and Johnson counties of Iowa and is committed to the promotion of their health. She teaches courses on US immigrant and refugee health, pandemics and mental health, and mental health in diverse societies.
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Waltraud Maierhofer, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor, Global Health Studies/German
Dr. Maierhofer's global health interests include the representations of health and Human Rights issues (contraception, abortion, disabilities). She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants for her research and her work in the public humanities. She teaches courses on disabilities in global writing/film, and contraception across time and cultures.
Carly Nichols

Carly Nichols, Ph.D., M.A.

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Assistant Professor, Global Health Studies/Geographical & Sustainability Sciences
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Dr. Nichols has conducted research across northern, eastern, and central India investigating agriculture, health, gender, and food and nutrition security. ​Using qualitative, ethnographic, and feminist methods, she has published on topics such as global nutrition policy, and the nutrition transition. Additionally she has collaborated with community-based organizations working to address food insecurity and sustainability issues. She teaches courses on global food geographies, sustainable development alternatives, and research design.
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Blake Rupe, M.A.

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Adjunct Instructor, Global Health Studies
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Blake Rupe's interests in global health include a passion for eliminating waste and supporting local food systems. She is the Sustainability Program Manager at the UI Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE). Her research on garbage and plastic has taken her to Mexico and Haiti. She teaches courses on the connection between garbage and health, and on social entrepreneurship in global health (for which students complete projects for a local non-profit, Community Health Initiative, Haiti).
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Austin (Zhuo) Tang, M.A.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Janelle Winters, Ph.D., M.A., MSc.

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor, Global Health Studies
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Dr. Winters's global health interests include the history of infectious disease control, and the ways in which health programs are marketed and politicized. Her published research focuses on global health governance, including the World Bank and World Health Organization’s roles in shaping modern global health policy and financing. Dr. Winters’s research, studies, and professional roles have taken her to India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, East and West Africa, South Africa, Switzerland, and, most extensively, the United Kingdom. She teaches courses on global health ethics and inequalities, contemporary global health politics, and the history of health interventions in the Global South across the twentieth century.