Director of Communications
School of Public Health
Jennifer Hirsch, a medical anthropologist and Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, will deliver a talk titled “It Doesn’t Have to be ‘1-in-3’: A Public Health Approach to Campus Sexual Violence Prevention” on February 13 as part of the Georgia State University School of Public Health’s Grand Rounds Lecture Series.
The lecture will be held at noon in the Speaker’s Auditorium of the Student Center and streamed online for those unable to attend in-person. It is free and open to students and the public, but registration is required.
“Sexual violence prevention is a national priority and a key area of research at the Georgia State University School of Public Health,” said Amanda Gilmore, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the National Center for Sexual Violence Prevention, which is housed in the School of Public Health. “We are delighted that Dr. Hirsch will be sharing her insights with our students, faculty and other members of the campus community.”
Hirsch co-directed the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT), a research project on sexual assault and sexual health among Columbia undergraduates. With Shamus Khan, she is coauthor of “Sexual Citizens: Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus” (WW Norton), which draws on SHIFT’s ethnographic research to examine sexual assault and consensual sex among undergraduates in relation to the broader context of campus life, and which was a 2020 NPR book of the year.
Hirsch’s research agenda examines gender, sexuality and migration, the anthropology of love, social dimensions of HIV and undergraduate well-being, including sexual assault. She co-directs the Columbia Population Research Center, which brings together faculty from schools across the campus who work on population health and inequalities.
A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2015 Public Voices Fellow and a 2018-19 Visiting Research Scholar with Princeton’s Center for Health and Well-Being, Hirsch’s published work includes both scholarly and popular writing on health and social inequality. She is author of “A Courtship After Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families,” the award-winning coauthored “The Secret: Love, Marriage and HIV,” two edited volumes on the anthropology of love, more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters and many op-eds in venues such as Time and The Hill. Hirsch also just completed six years of service as a board member for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, including the last two as board chair.
Hirsch earned her A.B. from Princeton University in history with a certificate in Women’s Studies and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in population dynamics and anthropology.
About the Grand Rounds Lecture Series
Sponsored by the School of Public Health and organized by Jalayne Arias, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences, the Grand Rounds Lecture Series brings nationally recognized thought leaders to the Georgia State University School of Public Health for dialogues that contribute to the school’s mission of advancing health equity and solving contemporary and emerging health issues. The lectures are held monthly during fall and spring semesters. For more information and to view previous Grand Rounds Lectures, visit publichealth.gsu.edu/grandrounds.