Araceli Alonso

Departments & Organizations

Department of Gender and Women's Studies, College of Letters and Science


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Araceli Alonso is an associate faculty at UW-Madison in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the School of Medicine and Public Health, where she teaches classes on women’s health and women’s rights. Dr. Alonso is also the founder and director of Health by Motorbike (HbM), an NGO that provides medical services and health literacy to remote and isolated villages in Africa. For her work with women in rural Kenya, Dr. Alonso has been awarded the United Nations Public Service Award (United Nations, 2013) and the Jefferson Award for Public Service (American Institute for Public Service, 2013). In 2016, she became co-holder of the UNESCO chair at UW-Madison for Global Work on Gender, Well-Being and Peace.

Cynthia Anderson


M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Departments & Organizations

Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine and Public Health;
UW Population Health Institute;
St. Paul Millennium College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


(608) 287-5898

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Cynthia Anderson, M.D., attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she was named “Outstanding Ob-Gyn Resident” in 2005. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also holds a certification in neonatal resuscitation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Anderson is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the Obesity Society, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Locally, she serves as an Academic Partner to the YMCA of Dance County, a member of the Alliance for a Healthy South Madison, co-chair for the Prenatal to One Working Group and an expert review panel member with the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care.

Areas of particular clinical interest to Anderson include abnormal uterine bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding and diagnosis and management of precancerous cervical lesions. Her research interests include maternal weight and wellness, with a special focus on under-served populations affected by disparities in birth outcomes, and evidence-based prenatal care, including preconception planning, breastfeeding promotion and birth spacing. She is helping to develop a community-academic partnership with the YMCA of Dane County aimed at promoting healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy for women in the South Madison Redevelopment District.

As medical director of the Arboretum Ob-Gyn clinic, Anderson trains residents and medical students in ambulatory women’s healthcare with a focus on consulting skills and under-served populations. In addition to her role as assistant professor in the Department of Ob-Gyn, she is an affiliate of the UW Population Health Institute and served as a visiting faculty member at the St. Paul Millennium College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, teaching simulation in abdominal hysterectomy, communication in medicine, clinical skills and reproductive health.

Brian Christens


Ph.D., Human & Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University

Departments & Organizations

Department of Civil Society & Community Studies, School of Human Ecology;
Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies;
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Research Focus

civilc engagement, community organizing, empowerment and systems change


4255 Nancy Nicholas Hall;

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Brian D. Christens, is the Rothermel-Bascom Associate Professor of Human Ecology in the Department of Civil Society & Community Studies. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the departments of Community & Environmental Sociology, Population Health Sciences, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He is faculty director of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies – a hub for faculty, staff, students, and community/nonprofit partners collaborating on research and action.

Christens’s research is on civic engagement, community organizing, empowerment, and systems change. He studies processes that enhance people’s and organizations’ ability to take actions to benefit the groups and communities to which they belong. Much of this work takes place alongside community and youth organizing efforts and community-driven health promotion initiatives. An overarching goal is to identify the mechanisms – at multiple levels of analysis – that account for links between engagement in empowerment processes and well-being.  Christens’s background is primarily in psychology (community, developmental, and applied social), but he applies concepts from multiple social science disciplines and use multiple methods to understand and inform community-driven efforts to improve systems.  Consequently, he is also engaged in applied fields such as community development and public health. He serves on the editorial boards of the Adolescent Research Reviewthe American Journal of Community PsychologyCommunity Developmentthe Journal of Community Psychologythe Journal of Youth and Adolescenceand Youth & Society.

Christens earned his Ph.D. in 2008 from Vanderbilt University, where his dissertation work received the 2009 Newbrough Graduate Award for best scholarly work in Human & Organizational Development. In 2012, he received the Michele Alexander Early Career Award for scholarship and service from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He is an editorial board member of Youth & Society and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.


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.”


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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

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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.

Tracey Holloway


Ph.D., Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, Princeton University;
Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs;
Sc.B., Brown University

Departments & Organizations

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies;
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, College of Letters & Science;
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering;
Earth Science Women's Network


201A Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Ave.;

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Tracey Holloway is a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison. She leads an air quality research program in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), working with undergraduates, graduate students, and professional researchers to understand links between regional air quality, energy, and climate. Holloway earned her Ph.D. in AOS from Princeton University in 2001, and completed a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her undergraduate degree (Sc.B.) is from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, and her post-doctoral work was done at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Holloway is team lead of the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and she was deputy team lead of the  NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team. She is a 2016-2017 AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow and a 2011 Leopold Fellow, both supporting her public engagement and scientific outreach. Holloway served as SAGE Director from 2008-2011, and is currently on the executive board of Environmental Research Letters. She is also president and founding board member of the Earth Science Women’s Network, where she helps manage the Earth Science Jobs Network, a free, public listserve for job announcements in the environmental sciences, maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In 2012, Holloway was honored as the first ever recipient of the MIT C3E (Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards) award in Education and Mentoring, and the Council on Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

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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.


Heinz Klug

Departments & Organizations

Wisconsin Law School


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Heinz Klug is Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, he participated in the anti-apartheid struggle, spent 11 years in exile and returned to South Africa in 1990 as a member of the ANC Land Commission and researcher for Zola Skweyiya, chairperson of the ANC Constitutional Committee. He was also a team member on the World Bank mission to South Africa on Land Reform and Rural Restructuring. He has taught at Wisconsin since September 1996.

Professor Klug taught law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 1991-1996, offering courses on Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Property Law, Post-Apartheid Law and Introduction to South African Law, among others. He also worked as a legal advisor after 1994 with the South African Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry as well as the Ministry of Land Affairs on water law and land tenure issues.

Professor Klug has presented lectures and papers on the South African constitution, land reform, and water law, among other topics, in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, South Africa, the Netherlands, and at several U.S. law schools. His research interests include: constitutional transitions, constitution-building, human rights, international legal regimes and natural resources. His current teaching areas include Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Property, and Natural Resources Law.

Professor Klug’s book on South Africa’s democratic transition, “Constituting Democracy” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000.


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.

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.

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.