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Columbia University
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public health, social movements, postwar feminisms, sexual violence
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About Me

I am a fifth-year history and ethics of public health PhD candidate and Predoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. My research interests include histories of public health, gender, race, sexuality, and social movements in the United States. Before beginning my doctoral work, I earned an MA in Bioethics from the University of Minnesota and an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia. My bioethics work has been published in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal and the American Journal of Public Health. My dissertation is an examination of the sexual violence problem and anti-violence work on American college campuses from 1950 to 2000. I have received funding for this project from the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Barnard Library, and Smith College Libraries.

Recent Publications

Chavkin, Wendy, Desiree Abu-Odeh, Catherine Clune-Taylor, Sara Dubow, Michael Ferber, and Ilan H. Meyer. 2018. “Balancing Freedom of Conscience and Equitable Access.” American Journal of Public Health 108 (11): 1487-8.

Abu-Odeh, Desiree. 2018 September 28. “‘Party Games’ and ‘Pulling Train’: Understanding the Brett Kavanaugh Gang Rape Allegation.” NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality (online blog).

Steinberg, Allyna, Marybec Griffin-Tomas, Desiree Abu-Odeh, and Alzen Whitten. 2018. “Evaluation of a Mobile Phone App for Providing Adolescents With Sexual and Reproductive Health Information, New York City, 2013-2016.” Public Health Reports 133 (3): 234-9

Abu-Odeh, Desiree. 2014. “Fat Stigma and Public Health: A Theoretical Framework and Ethical Analysis.” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24 (3): 247-65.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Higher Ed, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women