Recent Accomplishments

Ashley has been affiliated with the CPRC for the past year. She completed her PhD (with distinction) in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health. Her dissertation, entitled “Poverty or Inequality as the Underlying Cause of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa? The HIV-Poverty Thesis Re-Examined,” utilized a multi-level model of sixteen Demographic and Health Surveys to assess the contextual effect of economic inequality on HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa and to explain the counterintuitive finding that richer rather than poorer individuals have higher HIV infection rates. Ashley’s research interests include the relationship between economic development and health, gender and the politics of health policy, and the social and non-medical determinants of health.  In her new position she will be working on the politics and economics of health system reform in developing countries.