Gilles Bousquet


Ph.D., Universite de Provence

Departments & Organizations

Department of French and Italian, College of Letters and Science


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Gilles Bousquet is chair of the French and Italian Department at UW-Madison as well as senior advisor to the President of the UW System for International Economic Development. He is also co-director of the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies.

In January 2002, Bousquet became dean of International Studies at UW-Madison. Years later, as the university sought to broaden its worldwide reach, Bousquet was appointed vice provost for Globalization. During his time at UW, he has also served as director of the International Institute, director of the European Studies Program, special assistant to the Chancellor for International Engagement, and the Pickard-Bascom Professor of French.

Bousquet currently teaches in the French and Italian Department at UW-Madison, and he specializes in Globalization and Higher Education; European social, cultural and institutional issues; French for business and economics; and 19th and 20th century French cultural studies.

Sabrina M. Butteris


M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin

Departments & Organizations

Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Public Health


(608) 262-7500

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Sabrina Butteris, M.D., is the director of the Pediatric Global Health Track. She is a pediatric hospitalist with UW Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital, whose work within global health focuses on curriculum development and education in the U.S. and abroad, strengthening of health systems via training of health care professionals, the use of simulation in resource-limited settings, culture shock and communication, and partnership development.

Butteris coordinates the UW Department of Pediatrics partnership with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia (a partnership aimed at strengthening pediatric emergency and trauma care in Ethiopia). Additionally, she oversees the UW Graduate Medical Education global health elective process.

Butteris earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed her residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.



James Cleary


M.D., University of Adelaide Medical School, South Australia

Departments & Organizations

Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health;
Palliative Care Program, UW Carbone Cancer Center;
Pain and Policy Studies Group, WHO Collaborating Center for Pain Policy in Palliative Care

Research Focus

Palliative Care



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James Cleary’s current positions include: associate professor of medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; physician, Palliative Care Program, UW Health; director, Pain and Policy Studies Group, WHO Collaborating Center for Pain Policy in Palliative Care; and program leader, Non-Communicable Diseases, UW Global Health Institute.

After graduating from the University of Adelaide Medical School, South Australia, Cleary trained in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and then doing three years of opioid pharmacology research at the University of Adelaide. He moved to the UW-Madison in 1994, where he has developed a Palliative Care Clinic Program, from which he recently stepped aside as medical director.

He has global connections in cancer pain and palliative care, evidence by the releases of the recent Global Opioid Policy Initiative publications for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, India, and the Middle East. He was a faculty scholar of the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America and the 2004 president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He serves as a north American editor of Palliative Medicine, the Research Journal of the European Association of Palliative Care. He has served as program director of Cancer Control at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

His current grant funding is from the National Cancer Institute’s Global Health Institute, the Open Society Institute and LIVESTRONG. He serves as the University of Wisconsin’s principal investigator for the National Institute of Nursing Research funded grant, Building a Palliative Care Research Network.

Areas of expertise

  • Hospice and palliative care: practice and education
  • Cancer pain relief
  • Cancer communication: educating clinicians on the skills in sharing difficult news; Web-based communication in patient care
  • Palliative care research in pain relief, nausea, fatigue, side effects of chemotherapy

Notable achievements

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: president, 2004; Distinguished Service Award, 2009
  • Board member, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • North American editor, Palliative Medicine (Research Journal of the European Association of Palliative Care)
  • Grossman Award, Department of Medicine, for displaying the highest levels of professionalism and compassion in patient care, 2008
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology: education committee; education chair, Patient Care and Survivorship Track, 2009 meeting
  • Director of the Pain & Policy Studies Group, the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care.


James Conway



Departments & Organizations

School of Medicine and Public Health

Geographic Focus

Thailand, East Africa

Research Focus



608-263-3854 (GHI)
608-265-6050 (Peds)

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James H. Conway, MD, FAAP, is a pediatric infectious disease specialist who works both domestically and globally with programs designed to improve the lives of children. His projects largely involve training local professionals in the recognition and treatment infectious conditions, and improving systems for prevention particularly through strengthening immunization programs. He has been involved with long term field programs in Thailand, Kenya and Ethiopia. He also works with UW health science leaders to develop programs and partnerships for clinical education and outreach around the world.

He directs the Extramural Clerkship in International Health for medical students (Senior Medicine 882-937), overseeing worldwide placement and providing academic preparation and orientation. He co-directs Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health & Disease (PHS 810-644), and has been a collaborator in designing and leading the associated Thailand field experience summer course since 2006. He is a member of the MPH Program faculty.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving in the Sections on Infectious Diseases and International Child Health, and received an AAP Special Achievement Award in 2009 for his immunization projects. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin AAP where he serves as Chair of the Committee on Immunizations and Infectious Diseases, and represents the WI-AAP on the Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practice.

Prior to joining the faculty in Madison, he served on the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine from 1997-2005, where he founded the International Adoption Clinic and served as Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program. A native of Buffalo NY, Dr. Conway attended Cornell University undergraduate and medical school, completed a Pediatrics Residency at Northwestern-Children’s Memorial Hospital, and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Colorado-Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Learn more about Conway:

“Advocating for Immunization, At Home and Abroad”


Lori DiPrete Brown



Departments & Organizations

Schools of Medicine and Public Health
School of Human Ecology

Geographic Focus


Research Focus

4W Initiative (Women and Well Being in Wisconsin and the World)


608-262-5742 (GHI MSC Office)

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Lori DiPrete Brown, Associate Director for Education and Engagement, has been a leader in global education and outreach at UW-Madison, including designing curricula for the highly subscribed global health education programs of the Global Health Institute, and supporting the development of faculty-led field courses and internships around the world. She leads GHI’s Quality improvement Institute, which has engaged leaders from 9 countries to date. She co-chairs the Wisconsin without Borders Alliance, which recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary engagement for change.

DiPrete Brown also directs the campus-wide 4W Initiative (Women and Well Being in Wisconsin and the World), which is implemented in partnership with the School of Human Ecology. The effort focuses on improving the lives of women and girls both locally and globally.

DiPrete Brown began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where she lived and worked in a residential program for teenage girls who had been orphaned or abandoned during childhood.  Her subsequent global health practice, research, teaching, writing and public speaking has focused on providing quality health care and social services that address the needs of women, children and all people who are in highly vulnerable situations. Recently she has worked with faculty leaders to spearhead interdisciplinary initiatives related to global microenterprise and women’s wellbeing, and a local to global effort to address the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation.

DiPrete Brown’s work at UW-Madison is informed by 15 years of experience with international agencies including the U.S. Peace Corps, USAID, the Pan American Health Organization, WHO, Care, and Save the Children. She has collaborated to strengthen systems of care 15 countries around the world including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Cameroon, and Ethiopia.

DiPrete Brown is a Faculty Associate and Assistant Clinical Professor with affiliations in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health and School of Human Ecology. She is also a faculty affiliate in Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, OBGYN, and Pharmacy and she is engaged with the campus Human Rights Initiative. DiPrete Brown holds degrees from Yale University, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Divinity School. In 2012 she was awarded the School of Medicine and Public Health Dean’s Teaching Award for her role in teaching and experiential learning in the health sciences. In 2016 she was awarded the Women’s Philanthropy Council Champion Award for her efforts in advancing the status of women and gender issues at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

She blogs about global health and social change, and has written a novel about her work with young women entitled “Caminata: A Journey.”


TED Talk:

Caminata: A journey:

Lori DiPrete Brown Resume November 2017

Please consult the UW Time Table or the Department of Population Health Sciences for more information about the following courses:

PHS 370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives

PHS 640 Foundations in Global Health Practice

PHS 644 Inter-disciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease

PHS 503 Public Health and Human Rights: The Case of Vulnerable Children

PHS 504 Quality Evaluation and Improvement in Low- Resource Settings

EPS 600 Education for Global Change

Selected Links

Health care leaders = hope for the future: Third Annual QI Institute 


Katie Freeman


MPA, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs


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Katie Freeman is the program manager for the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health and also serves as an advisor for students enrolled in the program. Channeling a lifelong interest in environmental conservation, Freeman earned an MPA in Nonprofit Management & Sustainable Development from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is passionate about finding solutions that create economic incentives for environmental protections and community development, especially in the field of tourism. Her work has included directing communications for environmental organizations, managing hospitality certification programs and coordinating international development projects in the areas of education, health, conservation and community enterprise in Africa, Asia and South America. She was attracted to GHI for its integrated approach to global health and its efforts to tackle the root causes of health crises and inequities. When not working, traveling, or freelancing, Freeman enjoys getting to know Madison’s vibrant community and exploring the ample natural resources of the area.

Daniel Gold


M.A., International Studies/China Studies, University of Washington, Seattle;
B.A., Oberlin College

Departments & Organizations

International Academic Programs


330 Red Gym, 716 Langdon St;

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Dan Gold is the director of International Academic Programs (IAP), the largest study abroad office at UW-Madison with more than 1,500 students participating on over 200 for-credit programs around the world each year.

Prior to joining UW-Madison in 2012, Gold was Asia programs director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and director of Summer Programs at the Yale-China Association prior to that. Gold teaches undergraduate courses in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison and previously taught courses to undergraduates for the Department of Asian Studies at UNC. He earned his bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and his master’s in International Studies/China Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Gold has more than 20 years of experience in international education and university-level academic exchanges and programs.


Cynthia Haq


M.D., Indiana University

Departments & Organizations

Departments of Family Medicine and Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Focus

Socially accountable health professional education


(414) 219-7937

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Cynthia Haq, M.D., is a professor of Family Medicine and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Over the course of her career, she has served as a champion for primary health care within the U.S. and abroad, and has created numerous programs to improve health for disadvantaged populations.

Haq was the founding director of the UW Center for Global Health from 2005-2011. The Center catalyzed UW faculty to create a rich spectrum of interdisciplinary global health courses and field programs for hundreds of students from the undergraduate to post-graduate levels, and was the precursor to the Global Health Institute.

Haq has promoted health for vulnerable populations since early in her career. She served as medical director for a rural health center in Uganda where she trained village health workers to improve child survival in 1986. She established the first family medicine training program for physicians in Pakistan in 1991. Haq assessed the needs and influenced U.S. government policies to expand health programs for Afghan women and children refugees from 1988-92. She is now leading efforts to strengthen medical education in Ethiopia.

Haq has designed and published extensively on socially accountable health professional education. She led an International Health Fellowship Program and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization. She has received numerous research and teaching awards, including Fulbright scholarships to Pakistan and Uganda.

In addition to her scholarship, Haq has remained clinically active. She provided spectrum family medicine for families in rural Belleville and in Madison, Wisconsin for 20 years. She has practiced in central Milwaukee, where she cares for families, the uninsured and homeless, and has led the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health program for UW medical students since 2008.

Richard C. Keller


Ph.D., History, Rutgers University;
M.A., History, University of Colorado at Boulder;
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder

Departments & Organizations

International Division;
Department of Medical History and Bioethics, School of Medicine and Public Health;
Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux, Paris

Research Focus

Social dimensions of risk and vulnerability during the 2003 heat wave disaster in Paris



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Richard Keller, Ph.D., is associate dean of the UW-Madison International Division and a professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. He is also a research fellow at the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux in Paris.

His most recent book, Fatal Isolation, (Chicago University Presss, 2015) looked at the effects of the Paris heat wave of 2003. He is also the author of Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and Enregistrer les morts, identifier les surmortalités: Une comparaison Angleterre, Etats-Unis et France(Presses de l’Ecole des hautes études en santé publique, 2010, with Carine Vassy and Robert Dingwall), and is co-editor of Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties (Duke University Press, 2011, with Warwick Anderson and Deborah Jenson). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Social History, the Bulletin of the History of MedicineHistorical Geography, and Mouvements, among other venues.

He is the recipient of the H.I. Romnes Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and is co-director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Biopolitics for 2011-2012. His current projects is a book that looks at the deadly European heat wave of 2003, with a specific focus on the social dimensions of the catastrophe in Paris. His work on the 2003 heat wave has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Mairie de Paris.

Nancy Kendall

Departments & Organizations

Department of Educational Policy Studies, School of Education

Research Focus

Global development education policies and their intersections with children’s and families’ daily lives


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Nancy Kendall is associate professor of educational policy studies, specialized in comparative, international, and global education policy. She is affiliated with the African Studies Program, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Development Studies Program, and Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kendall conducts comparative ethnographic research on global development education policies and their intersections with children’s and families’ daily lives. Research projects have examined Education for All, gender and schooling, political democratization and educational governance, structural adjustment and education, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, and childhood, vulnerability, and marginalization in education. Kendall has conducted extended research in Malawi, Mozambique, and the U.S., and has conducted shot-term research in Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Zimbabwe.

Kendall was a 2009 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow, and has received research support from the Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council, TAG Philanthropic Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, among others. She is the author of The Sex Education Debates (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and has published in journals including CICE, Compare, Comparative Education Review, International Journal of Educational Development, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy.


Neil Kodesh


Ph.D., Northwestern University;
MA, Northwestern University;
BA, Pomona College

Departments & Organizations

Department of History, College of Letters and Science

Research Focus

Health and healing, historical anthropology, methodologies for writing early African history


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Neil Kodesh is faculty director of the African Studies Program. He is a historian of precolonial East Africa with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes region. His research and teaching interests center on health and healing, historical anthropology, and methodologies for writing early African history.

His first book, “Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda,” won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. His current project examines the history of medical pluralism in the Great Lakes region from ca. 1000-1940. Kodesh also serves as an editor of the UW Press book series, Africa and the Diaspora: History.

Connie Kraus

Departments & Organizations

Pharmacy Practice Division, School of Pharmacy


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Connie Kraus joined the faculty of the UW-School of Pharmacy in 1993.  She is a member of the Pharmacy Practice Division and began her service as Vice Chair in July 2013.  Dr. Kraus became Director of the School of Pharmacy Office of Global Health in 2008 and has facilitated the development of international educational and research opportunities.  She has an ambulatory care practice in two family medicine clinics within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health where she has an appointment as a Clinical Instructor.  Additionally, she is a Senior Author with the Family Physicians Inquiry Network and a Section Editor for the journal, Evidence Based Practice.

Research Interests:

  • Pharmacist contributions to primary care, medical home models of practice
  • Integration of evidence-based decision making into pharmacy student education
  • Development of international pharmacy education standards

Christopher Olsen



Departments & Organizations

University Administration
Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Focus

Zoonotic Infectious Diseases


(608) 265-9535

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Christopher W. Olsen is associate director for One Health and director of the Graduate|Professional|Capstone Certificate in Global Health program at the Global Health Institute (GHI). He is a professor emeritus of public health ih in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliated with the Master of Public Health degree program, including membership on the MPH steering and admissions committees. He has previously served as a member of the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service and Wisconsin Without Borders Advisory Committees and as an alternate representative to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education.

Olsen received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UW-Madison. He has held several administrative positions in addition to his faculty roles.

From 2007-2012 he served as associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and from September 2012 through June 2014, he was interim vice provost for teaching and learning for the UW-Madison. In that senior university leadership position, he co-chaired the university’s Educational Innovation effort and the University of Wisconsin System learning analytics project, and was a member of the core team planning for UW-Madison’s Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation, among other responsibilities. From 2014 to 2015, he was acting director of GHI. His research and teaching work has taken him to many countries throughout the world, including most recently working in Ghana on a project to develop One Health and girls’ empowerment curricula for junior high school students.

Olsen’s research focused on public health aspects of influenza in animals and the genetic factors that control transmission of influenza viruses among people and animals. In addition, he has very strong educational interests in zoonotic infectious diseases more generally, in building bridges between the veterinary medical and human medical professions, and in promoting an interdisciplinary One Health approach for global and public health.

Olsen completed the Joseph F. Kauffman Administrative Development Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009-2010 and was a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program Fellow in 2010-2011. He has published more than 65 refereed research and educational journal articles, as well as numerous proceedings and book chapters. He is also the recipient of several faculty honors, including election to the UW-Madison Teaching Academy and the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and Walter F. Renk Distinguished Professor Award.

Jeanette Roberts


Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota;
MPH, University of Utah

Departments & Organizations

School of Pharmacy


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Research interests: Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Biological aspects of drug/isotope/toxin targeting using prodrugs; monoclonal antibodies and/or liposomes; thiols and selenols as chemoprotective and chemopreventive agents.

Karen Solheim


Postdoctoral Traineeship, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing;
Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center;
M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing;
B.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison

Departments & Organizations

School of Nursing


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Karen Solheim, director for Global Health Initiatives in the School of Nursing, focuses on global health nursing. Current scholarship addresses international nongovernmental organization engagement with refugees and internally displaced persons. She facilitates School of Nursing global health activity.

Teaching Areas

Community health nursing; global health nursing; health and disease in Thailand


Co-leads International Partners for Education, Inc., an international nongovernmental organization supporting secondary education for orphaned children in Malawi.

Sherry Tanumihardjo



Departments & Organizations

Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences


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Dr. Sherry Tanumihardjo manages a progressive research and outreach team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She has almost three decades of experience with vitamin A and carotenoids. Her multidisciplinary research approach is enhanced by her broad educational background in chemistry (B.S.), biochemistry (M.S.) and nutrition (Ph.D.). She has two main research foci. These include vitamin A assessment methodology and carotenoid bioavailability. These two overlap when investigating provitamin A carotenoids. Tanumihardjo has authored more than 100 research publications, chapters and technical documents and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally. Her research group works with animal models to answer various questions on issues related to vitamin A toxicity and deficiency. The team takes these research outcomes and applies them to humans. The team has conducted studies in the United States, Indonesia, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Zambia. She has acted as a consultant to many studies throughout the world to assist with study design and appropriate standardization. She is a strong advocate for the promotion of nutritionally enhanced staple foods, vegetables and fruits to enhance overall health and general well-being. Sherry is the Director of the undergraduate Certificate in Global Health and co-teaches Introduction to Global Health, the one global health class that all declaring students must take.

Betsy Teigland



Departments & Organizations

Programs and Administration


608-262-3862 (Office)

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Betsy Teigland is the Programs Coordinator at the Global Health Institute. She is responsible for administering the Graduate and Capstone Certificate program, the Global Health Faculty and Staff Travel Award program, and the SMPH International Clerkships. She also oversees the planning and organizing of the Global Health Seminar Series and the Annual Global Health Symposium. Betsy participated in a Study/Service semester program in southern India while earning a BS in Nursing from St. Olaf College. She and her husband also lived in Swaziland for a year where she participated in various volunteer activities. Currently, Betsy is very active with the Bhutanese refugee community here in Madison.

Janis P. Tupesis



Departments & Organizations

Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health

Geographic Focus

Ethiopia, Liberia

Research Focus

Educational Curricula Development


(608) 265-5806

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Janis Tupesis, M.D., joined the faculty of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in October, 2009. After finishing residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, he was appointed as the Associate Residency Program Director, a position he held until joining faculty at UW.  During his time there, his research interests focused on the intersection of resident education and global health.

Tupesis’ primary interest lies in the development of new and innovative educational curricula and learner evaluation methodology. He served as the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Residency Program Director from 2009-2014, overseeing the program’s initial accreditation and expansion to its current form. Currently, he is involved in projects involving establishing graduate medical education programs in resource limited settings in both Liberia and Ethiopia, partnering with multiple other academic institutions.

He serves as the Director of Global Health Programs within the Department of Emergency Medicine, is the Chairperson of the UW Graduate Medical Education’s Global Health Task Force and is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute’s Advisory Group. Tupesis’ outside interests include international travel, adventure medicine and mountaineering, UW athletics and raising his two small children!


Lynet Uttal


Ph.D., Sociology, Women of Color in the U.S., Feminist Theory, Child Care, University of California, Santa Cruz;
M.A., Social Work, Social Work, Clinical/ Military, University of Southern California;
B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Departments & Organizations

Department of Counseling Psychology, School of Education


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Lynet Uttal is a community based researcher. She teaches Family Theories and a community based research course on Immigrant Families, and leads international service learning courses to Honduras and Mexico.  Her current research focuses on optimizing human, family and community development for Latino immigrant families and Tibetan immigrant health. She is interested in biculturalism, using data on how immigrant parents raise their children in the United States between two cultures. She has received a 3-year University of Wisconsin Ira & Ineva Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant to work with community partners to prevent domestic violence in Latino communities through strengthening couple and family communication.

Claire Wendland


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2004
Ob/Gyn, University of New Mexico, 1994
M.D., Michigan State University, 1990

Departments & Organizations

Department of Anthropology, College of Letters and Science


Office: 5436 Sewell Social Science Bldg.
Office phone: (608) 262-3874 (no voicemail)

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As a medical anthropologist, Claire Wendland focuses on the globalization of biomedicine, particularly in Africa. Related work includes the anthropology of reproduction, sexuality and the body. Her first book, A Heart for the Work: Journeys through an African Medical School, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010. That book explores the experiences of medical students learning to be doctors in Malawi, and argues that their responses challenge several longstanding assumptions about biomedicine and about African healing. Wendland’s research also looks at changing concepts and loci of risk in childbirth in southeast Africa, in a setting in which very high maternal mortality rates force professionals and lay people alike to develop explanations for the link between birth and death. She seeks to understand how the narratives of maternal death they produce reflect experiences of a rapidly changing social, economic, and biomedical context.


Wendland teaches an introductory course in medical anthropology, a graduate seminar in anthropology and international health, and various courses in the anthropology of Africa and in general cultural anthropology. She also has an interest in ethics and has taught both anthropological ethics and bioethics courses.