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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia: Constance Nathanson, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Awarded Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Constance A. Nathanson, professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was named a 2019 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Dr. Nathanson was one of 168 honorees, from more than 3,000 applicants, for the annual award that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship in the arts and sciences or exceptional creative ability.

Dr. Nathanson’s project of study, “Blood, Politics, and Death: Reflections on the Social Production of Crisis,” will explore health crises and institutional and ideological change in public health in France, which has been a continuing geographical focus of her recent work.  Her current research compares the tragedy of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) contamination of the blood supply in France as compared with the U.S.

“Dr. Nathanson’s work on behalf of vulnerable populations has been groundbreaking, and this distinguished honor is a well-deserved tribute,” said Dr. Linda P. Fried, dean of Columbia Mailman School.

Dr. Nathanson has more than 40 years of experience conducting research on the sociological dimensions of health and health policy. Her work spans such domains as tobacco and gun control policy, the role of social movements in policy change, and health inequalities. She served as a founding co-director of the Columbia Population Research Center from 2006-2015.

Dr. Nathanson is the author of “Disease Prevention as Social Change” (2007), which describes public health policy shifts across time in the U.S., France, Great Britain, and Canada. An earlier book, “Dangerous Passage: The Social Control of Sexuality in Women’s Adolescence”, received an Outstanding Book Award from the American Sociological Association.