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Kristine Muñoz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, Global Health Studies
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
Professor, Communication Studies
Dr. Muñoz’s global health interests include exploration of health, wellness, and illness from a perspective of language and culture. Her published research has included ethnography of speaking based on fieldwork in Colombia, England, Spain, and Finland. She teaches courses on cultural storytelling, health narratives, culture, language and health, and Medellín.
Lindsay Vella

Lindsay Vella, M.F.A.

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Administrator, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs
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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.
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Alejandra Biangmano, M.P.H.

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Adjunct Instructor, Global Health Studies
Program Coordinator, Division of Child and Community Health
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Alejandra Biangmano's global health interests focus on maternal and child health initiatives, rural health, the impacts of migration on health, and the relationship between social determinants of health and health disparities.
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Christine Brunner Luse, M.P.A., B.S.N., R.N.

Title/Position
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.
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Margaret (Maggie) Carrel, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, Geographical & Sustainability Sciences
Dr. Carrel’s global health interests include the geography of infectious disease, landscape genetics and disease ecology. In her past and ongoing research, she has explored geographic patterns of health and disease using GIS and spatial statistical techniques. She has applied landscape genetics methods to projects in Vietnam, China, the Congo, and rural Iowa. She teaches courses on the geography of health, geography of Asia, GIS applications, and global geographies of food.
 

Bege Dauda, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor, Global Health Studies
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Mariola Espinosa, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor, History
Dr. Espinosa’s global health interests include the history of medicine and public health in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as the histories of empire and disease, race and medicine, and transnational medical practices. Her past and ongoing research focuses on epidemics and empire. She teaches courses on Cuba, disease and health in Latin America, and global histories of science, race, and medicine.
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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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James Giblin, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor, History
Dr. Giblin’s global health interests include the history of health and healing in Africa. His published research has explored connections between environmental and political change in Tanzania and East Africa. He teaches courses on the social history of Africa, the history of human rights, and uses of oral history.
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Katherine Herz, M.P.H., M.A.

Title/Position
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.

Title/Position
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
Professor, 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.
Tracy Meginnis

Tracy Meginnis, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs
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Tracy Meginnis is the Administrative Services Coordinator for the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs. Tracy received an M.F.A. in Fiction from New Mexico State University and has a background as an editor, writing instructor, English Language Arts test developer, and research project manager.
Carly Nichols

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

Title/Position
Assistant Professor, Global Health Studies
Assistant Professor, Geographical and 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.

Title/Position
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.

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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