Political Trends, Governance and Implications for Public Health in Africa

April 07, 2020
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall 2nd Fl., Danforth Campus

Join us for The Africa Initiative’s April edition of Africa Speak, a conversation with WashU Faculty on their research engagements in Africa. The panel will focus on Political Trends, Governance and Implications for Public Health in Africa.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.



Bronwen Konecky, PhD
Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Bronwen Konecky’s research investigates climate, water, and ecosystem variations in the Earth’s tropical regions, from the past ~150,000 years to the 21st century. Konecky’s dual focus on ancient and modern systems provides a geologic perspective on present-day climate change, while using present-day climate processes to better understand the geologic past. Her lab’s research investigates tropical climate variability and climate change using tools of stable isotope hydrology, paleolimnology, organic geochemistry, and modeling. Her group’s work is guided by one overarching question: How does a changing climate affect rainfall and ecosystems in the Earth’s tropical regions?

Shanti Parikh, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and of African and African-American Studies

Professor Parikh’s research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and capitalism, and the politics of state and global interventions (such as public health, humanitarian aid, and legal reforms) that emerge to manage, protect, and mold populations. Her primary research has been the history and ethnography of sexuality, gender, and class in Uganda, East Africa with particular interest in how they have been shaped by the HIV epidemic and aggressive efforts to track, measure, and control what has become the most studied modern epidemic.



Brown Lounge is located on the second floor of Brown Hall on the Washington University Danforth Campus. Get detailed directions and parking information.

Event Sponsors: The Africa Initiative at the Institute for Public Health

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