Christy Hanson

Dean, Institute of Global Citizenship: Distinguished Lecturer, International Studies, MacAlester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

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In 2012, Dr. Christy Hanson was named the Hubert H. Humphrey Professor in International Studies at MacAlester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She has been on leave from her position as the Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division for the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition of the Bureau for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development.

Christy has more than 18 years of experience in international public health, with a focus on the control of infectious diseases.  Her expertise is in tuberculosis.  She has worked in and/or supported countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America through her previous positions with the World Health Organization, World Bank, and PATH. She is fluent in Portuguese and French, and able in Spanish. 

Ms Hanson has a PhD in international health systems, with a concentration in health economics, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Her independent research focuses on the dynamics between poverty, health care seeking behavior and health system response, particularly for the care of infectious diseases. She has published widely on the topics of tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases.