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Kearsley Stewart

Associate Professor of the Practice, Global Health

Trent 239
(919) 681-8811

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Kearsley Stewart,


Kearsley (Karrie) Stewart, Ph.D., joined Duke in January 2013 as Associate Professor of the Practice at the Duke Global Health Institute with a secondary appointment in Cultural Anthropology. Stewart teaches Global Bioethics (GLHLTH740) in the Master of Science in Global Health program. In 2013-2014, she will teach additional courses in ethics, qualitative research methods, global health humanities and medical anthropology. As part of her DGHI role, she will also enhance global health course offerings for undergraduate students and serve as a faculty mentor for fieldwork projects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Stewart's research interests include HIV/AIDS in Africa and the US, and research ethics of clinical trials in Africa. Her dissertation focused on adolescent HIV/AIDS in Uganda using ethnographic interviewing, population-based surveys and biological markers. In conjunction with that work, she implemented the first voluntary HIV rapid testing and counseling clinic in a rural area of Uganda, which led to changes in national policy. Most recently, she is the co-editor of a special issue of Global Public Health on Global Health Ethics. She recently started a new research project on HIV/AIDS in Cuba.


Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Ethics For Global Health Research

This course will present an overview of practical and theoretical approaches to bioethics from a range of perspectives, including the humanities, law, philosophy, medicine and science. Students will apply various resources, terminology and frameworks to case studies which will prepare them for their own research. The course will include IRB and responsible conduct of research. (2 credits)

Course Notes:
Was: GLHLTH 330
GRAD Only SPRING 2017 MSC: Core
PhD: Elective
Global Health Research: Qualitative Field Methods

Course builds on material from GLHLTH702, but narrows focus to (1) qualitative field methods and 2) theories of the mixed method approach. A field-based, applied course designed to help students choose the qualitative field methods that best fit their project. Students will develop basic qualitative skills practiced by social sciences: ethnographic description, participant observation, interviewing. In addition, the course will introduce time allocation diaries and fieldnotes. Will discuss methods for collecting, analyzing, integrating, and reporting data from multiple sources. Finally, we will engage in ethical analysis as a core theme that unifies all stages of research

Course Notes:
GRAD Only SPRING 2017 MSC: Core
PhD: Methods
Narratives of Living with HIV/AIDS

How do we learn about the global experience of people living with HIV/AIDS? Read biographies, narratives, poetry, and blogs written by HIV persons, their families, friends, doctors, and caregivers. Listen to stories told in film documentaries and on the internet. Study interdisciplinary theories of identity and sexuality, illness narratives, narrative medicine, and doctor-patient communication. Reflect on the different meanings of the AIDS experience for men and women, young and old, in Brazil, Botswana, China, Haiti, Russia, South Africa, and rural and urban USA. Apply this new framework to investigate and analyze HIV/AIDS programs. Prior global health coursework recommended.

Course Notes:
UG Only FALL 2016 MAJOR: Foundations - Humanities
MINOR: Elective
Ethics of Infectious Disease

Examination of the role of ethical decision-making when controlling infectious disease epidemics. Applies classic public health ethics of balancing individual liberty vs. public good to the new global health context of emerging infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and SARS, plus re-emerging infectious diseases such as multidrug-resistant TB, polio, and cholera. Explores questions of resource allocation, mandatory or voluntary prevention measures, and ethical obligations of health care workers vs. responsibilities of individuals in the context of new global public health. Prior global health coursework recommended.

Course Notes:
UG Only FALL 2016 MAJOR: Core - Ethics
MINOR: Ethics


Recent Publications

Stewart KA. 2017. Anthropological Perspectives in Bioethics. In Quah, SR and Cockerham, WC, eds, International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd Edition. [Elsevier Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology and Public Health] v1:113-121.

Stewart KA and KK Swain. 2016. Global Health Humanities: Defining an Emerging Field. The Lancet 388 (Nov 26):2586-87. View

Lawrence C and KA Stewart. 2016. Community Advisory Boards in Uganda: Best Practices. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. (Aug 23):1-11. View

Bali S, Stewart K, and M Pate. 2016. The Long Shadow of Fear in an Epidemic: Fearonomic Effects of Ebola on the Private Sector in Nigeria. BMJ Global Health (Nov 9):1-14. View

Stewart KA. 2015. The Prospective Case Study: A Pedagogical Innovation for Teaching Global Health Ethics. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Special issue: Global Health and Global Health Ethics. 12(1):1-5. View

Shanahan, J., Ackley-Holbrook, E., Hall, E., Stewart K., and H. Walkington. 2015. Ten Salient Practices of Undergraduate Research Mentors: A Review of the Literature. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. 23(5):1-18. Special issue: Undergraduate Research Mentoring. View

Stewart KA. 2013. The Undergraduate Global Health Field Research Experience: Study Abroad, Service Learning, Professional Training, or "None of the Above"? Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences. Special issue, "The Promise and Practice of Service Learning and Engaged Scholarship", Bonnie Urciuoli, editor. 6(2):53-71. View