I am an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service and affiliate faculty in the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University (AU). I am also a member of the District of Columbia’s Center for AIDS Research. I earned a Ph.D. in Health Behavior in 2009 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Prior to my faculty position, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University’s Global Health Institute. My career commitment is to understand how social and structural determinants are linked to health disparities both globally and locally, to design community-based interventions to reduce these disparities, and to train students in theoretically-informed research and practice.