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Gender and Population Specialist
Kirsten Stoebenau is an International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) gender and population specialist who focuses on women’s reproductive and sexual health.
A global health researcher trained in social demography, Stoebenau brings more than a decade of experience analyzing the social determinants of women’s reproductive and sexual health. Prior to joining ICRW in 2010, Stoebenau was a postdoctoral fellow at Canada’s University of Ottawa, where she led a mixed-method study of the social and economic roots of transactional sex among youth in two regions of Madagascar. She also has worked as a research assistant in the department of population and family health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Stoebenau served in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, where she developed, coordinated and supervised a project to nutritionally enrich a traditional highland Malagasy dish.
HIV and AIDS, Population and Reproductive Health, Stigma and Discrimination, Emerging Issues
English (fluent), Malagasy (fluent), French (proficient)
Stoebenau holds a doctorate in population and family health sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor’s in anthropology from Emory University.