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Kearsley Stewart

Professor of the Practice, Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute
Trent 239
(919) 681-8811
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Kearsley (Karrie) Stewart, Ph.D., joined the Duke Global Health Institute in 2013 with a secondary appointment in Cultural Anthropology. She previously taught at Northwestern University, worked at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta as a behavioral scientist, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Stewart's research interests include the research ethics of HIV/AIDS clinical trials in Africa and global health pedagogy. 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. Her research is supported by grants from NIH, NSF, and Fulbright. She recently started a new research project on HIV/AIDS in Cuba. Stewart currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in global health research ethics, ethics of infectious disease, narrative methods in HIV/AIDS research, and qualitative global health research methods.


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