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Kearsley Stewart

Professor of the Practice, Global Health
Professor of the Practice, Cultural Anthropology
Faculty Associate, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine
Faculty Associate, Duke Science and Society MA Program
Co-Director, Franklin Humanities Institute, Health Humanities Lab
Duke Global Health Institute
Trent 239
(919) 681-8811
Kearsley Stewart,


Kearsley A. Stewart, Ph.D., is Professor of the Practice at Duke University with joint appointments in the Duke Global Health Institute and Cultural Anthropology.  She previously taught at Northwestern University, worked at the Centers for Disease Control as a behavioral scientist, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.  Her dissertation focused on adolescent HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  In addition, she implemented the first voluntary HIV rapid testing and counseling clinic in a rural area of Uganda and spearheaded changes in national HIV testing policies.  Stewart’s current research interests include research ethics of HIV/AIDS clinical trials in Africa, HIV testing for adolescents in Zimbabwe, global health pedagogy, and global health humanities.  Her research is supported by grants from NIH, NSF, and Fulbright.  She 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.  She is Co-Director of the Duke Health Humanities Lab, faculty associate with the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, and a member of the Duke University Library Council. 



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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
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:
Narratives of Living with HIV/AIDS
Crosslisted as ICS 295

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
Ethics of Infectious Disease
Crosslisted as ICS 299

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


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