Visiting Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School, Research Program in Development Studies. Visiting Associate Professor of Economics.
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Hoyt Bleakley is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. His research is in development economics and economic history. He is currently using a 19th-century lottery in Georgia to investigate the how one-off wealth transfers affect the long-run distribution of wealth and the transmission of status across generations. In other recent work, he studies path dependence in land use and city growth. In earlier work, he studied the impact of tropical-disease control in both the Southern U.S. and Latin America, as well as how English-language skill affects the economic progress of immigrants to the United States. Other work measures the importance of balance sheets in amplifying crises in emerging markets. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. He has also taught at UC-San Diego and has been a visiting scholar at the Universidad de los Andes and at the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
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Vicki Bogan is a visiting fellow at the Center for Health and Wellbeing. She comes to Princeton from Cornell University, where she is an associate professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University, an MBA in finance and strategic management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Sc.B. degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University. Vicki’s research interests are in the areas of financial economics, behavioral finance, and applied microeconomics centering on issues involving investment decision making behavior and financial markets. She explores questions relating to investment decision making and household portfolio allocation with the goal of shedding light on how to better model observed behavior. Her current research investigates questions at the intersection of household financial decision making and health economics.
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Kimberly Bonner is a research associate with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign. She comes to Princeton from Geneva, Switzerland where she was working with MSF’s Access Campaign on systematic reviews, pricing reports for HIV diagnostics, and a landscape analysis on vaccine adaptation in clinical development. She received Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and was selected as one of the inaugural recipients of the Scholars in the Nations’ Service Initiative fellowship where she worked within Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on a national malaria bed net distribution. Her research focuses on incentivizing vaccine adaptation, providing price transparency for HIV diagnostics, and generating a rigorous evidence base through systematic reviews.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Betsey Brada is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Health and Wellbeing. She comes to Princeton from the University of Chicago, where she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociocultural anthropology. Her research and teaching interests include: the anthropology of global health, science studies and the anthropology of expertise, political anthropology and anthropology of the state, the anthropology of development and humanitarian interventions, semiotic approaches to anthropology, and social and cultural theory. Between 2004 and 2008, Betsey conducted ethnographic research in southeastern Botswana, investigating the institutions, practices, and imaginaries glossed as "global health." Her dissertation "Botswana as a Living Experiment" demonstrates how bodily interventions serve as sites for the refashioning of subjects and the reordering of semiotic modalities, forming the grounds for new forms of expertise and value and new ways of producing futures. Her research and writing have been funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays program, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the University of Chicago Social Sciences Collegiate Division. Her current research examines the impact of Botswana's national HIV/AIDS treatment program on the country's medical education system. At CHW, she engages students working toward the Global Health and Health Policy certificate.
Avi Ebenstein is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Health and Wellbeing. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and is currently a Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of Economics. His fields of interest include environmental economics, economic demography, and international trade. Avi's past research has focused primarily on issues related to China, including the health impacts of air and water pollution, causes and consequences for the country’s high sex ratio at birth, internal migration, and the impact of China’s entry into the global economy on wage patterns domestically and in the United States.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Woodrow Wilson School
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Bridget Gurtler holds a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Woodrow Wilson School and is a visiting fellow at the Center for Health and Wellbeing. Her research interests are in the history of medicine, science, gender, and health, with a particular focus on reproduction and reproductive technologies. Her current book project examines the evolution of assisted reproduction and parenthood in American medicine, families, and society. Focusing on the two hundred year history of artificial insemination, it investigates how popular and scientific ideas about gendered bodies, heredity, and risk shaped the transformation of sperm into a (frozen) commodity, were pivotal to separating the act of sex from reproduction, and laid the institutional foundations for the modern fertility industry. While at Princeton, she also looks forward to expanding her new research projects on the history of psychosomatic gynecology, urology, and andrology and to collaborations investigating the history of pediatric drug prescription practices in America. She received her Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University in 2013 where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellow and holds a M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Stephanie Hauck is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Health and Wellbeing. In January 2013, she earned a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University. In 2007, she completed a M.A. in globalization studies from Dartmouth College, after concluding a Fulbright to Tanzania in 2003-2004 to work with the Maasai in Monduli District. She also worked on several archaeological, environmental and women's rights projects with the National Natural History Museum of Tanzania and Department of Natural Resources between 2003 and 2007. Inspired by years of fieldwork and outreach among pastoralists, she decided to return to East Africa for dissertation fieldwork while pursuing her PhD at Princeton. Her dissertation, titled “Pastoralist Societies in Flux: The Impact of Ecology, Markets, and Governmental Assistance on the Mukugodo Maasai of Kenya,” illustrates the relationship between globalization and apparent transformations by linking pastoral families via their pastoral production and other economic activities to the cash economy, modern diets and nutritional status (health), and public and private assistance and programs (such as food aid). Additionally, while working in Kenya, she started a community health outreach center with the Ministry of Health in Ilmotiok Group Ranch (Laikipia) to provide free treatment to community members and collect demographic surveillance statistics (clinical diagnosis and treatment, birth statistics, morbidity, nutritional profiles) on pastoral populations accessing the center. Looking forward, she is expanding her research to include collaborations at Princeton and beyond on the etiology of infectious disease, disease dynamics, vaccine efficacy, and nutrition transitions among pastoralists in Kenya. At CHW, she engages students working toward the Global Health and Health Policy certificate and Senior Thesis Research at Mpala Research Center, Kenya.
Visiting Research Collaborator
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Mark Miller, MD is currently Associate Director for Research in the Office of the Director and Director of the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. He is also a Physician at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel, AK, which primarily serves Native Americans. He previously served as a Medical Officer on the Children's Vaccine Initiative for the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Medical Epidemiologist for the CDC National Immunizations Program and Epidemiology Program Office, Office of the Director. He also conducted research at the Armed Forces Research Institute for Medical Studies in Bangkok, Thailand, the Yale Arbovirus Research Unit and Cornell University Medical College.
Dr Miller is the PI of several multi-national studies including the Malnutrition and Enteric Disease Study (MAL-ED) and the Multinational Influenza Seasonal Mortality Study (MISMS) and has received over $55 million of private and government research grants operating out of the National Institutes of Health
Dr. Miller received his BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Neuroscience, Biology and Human Ecology from Amherst College, MA in 1983, and his MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 1990. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and became board certified in 1994.
He has served as a member of many professional societies and steering committees, including the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Council on Public Health Preparedness and several National Science Foundation and NIH task forces. He has presented and consulted nationally and internationally for organizations including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, US Agency for International Development, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Bank.
Current research interests include the integration of multi-disciplinary quantitative data to help inform population based public health outcomes. This includes the incorporation of historical vital statistics, biomedical, demographic, economic and environmental datasets of various spatial and temporal resolution to help understand the role of microbial organisms and human populations in the fields of infectious diseases, child growth and cognitive development. Most studies are conducted in diverse populations throughout the world.
Dr. Miller is a reviewer and/or editor for nine journals, including the British Medical Journal, Vaccine, Journal of Infectious Diseases, The Lancet, and the Journal of the American Public Health Association. He has won many awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, from the US Public Health Service and the CDC. He has published over 120 scientific articles in the peer-reviewed literature, nine books and/or book chapters.
J. Peter Nilsson
Visiting Associate Research Scholar
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J Peter Nilsson is a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and is visiting Princeton from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University, where he is an assistant professor. Peter’s research is in health and labor economics, focusing on the role of early life conditions on long term economic outcomes. He is currently using NASA data on inversion episodes combined with Swedish register data to investigate how poor air quality affects the health of children across socioeconomic groups. In earlier work he studied how the phase-out of leaded gasoline have affected children’s cognitive skills and labor market outcomes, but also the impact of an alcohol availability policy experiment on children exposed to it in utero. Other work includes studies on the importance of co workers in affecting productivity and fertility timing decisions. Peter has a Ph.D. in Economics from Uppsala University, has previously been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and a post doc at SIEPR, Stanford University.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Yi-Ching Ong is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Health and Wellbeing. She is interested in applying interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks and methodologies to examine infectious disease dynamics and disparities. She was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University, where she trained in interdisciplinary approaches to population health. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in microbiology and immunology at Stanford University, where her doctoral research investigated how the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii modulates host immune response, with a focus on the molecular basis of parasite strain-specific differences in infectious outcome. Outside of her dissertation work at Stanford, she also participated in extracurricular work on translational research for neglected diseases. Yi-Ching also studied at Oxford University as a Keasbey Scholar and received an MPhil in international development in 2005; her master’s dissertation research investigated the sociopolitical and economic considerations that have historically influenced infectious disease policy in Southeast Asia. In her postdoctoral work, Yi-Ching plans to merge her research interests in the molecular and macrosocial determinants of health to investigate how infectious disease dynamics are affected by socioeconomic disparities. At CHW, she engages students working toward the Global Health and Health Policy certificate.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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