PhD Student, Sociomedical Sciences
Desiree Abu-Odeh is a history-track PhD student and Predoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Her research interests include histories of gender, race, and sexuality in the United States, the history of public health, social movements, public health ethics, shifting understandings of health and disease, and feminist theory. Her current research examines responses to sexual violence on college campuses in the U.S. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Desiree earned an MA in Bioethics from the University of Minnesota and an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. Her interests are reflected in her MA thesis on the impact of body ideals and obesity on people’s identities and her MPH thesis, a historiographical essay on gendered and racialized understandings of addiction and their relationship with anti-narcoticism and drug control policies in the U.S. Her work on fat stigma has been published in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.