Kearsley Stewart

Co-Director, Health Humanities Lab

Kearsley (Karrie) Stewart, Ph.D., joined Duke in January 2013 as Associate Professor of the Practice at the Duke Global Health Institute with a secondary appointment in Cultural Anthropology. Stewart teaches Global Bioethics (GLHLTH740) in the Master of Science in Global Health program. In 2013-2014, she will teach additional courses in ethics, qualitative research methods, global health humanities and medical anthropology. As part of her DGHI role, she will also enhance global health course offerings for undergraduate students and serve as a faculty mentor for fieldwork projects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Stewart's research interests include HIV/AIDS in Africa and the US, and research ethics of clinical trials in Africa. 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. Most recently, she is the co-editor of a special issue of Global Public Health on Global Health Ethics. She recently started a new research project on HIV/AIDS in Cuba.