Stephanie St. Pierre / Public Health

Graduate Student Researcher
July 2014 – May 2016

Project: Food Systems, Health and Community

Stephanie St. Pierre

Ms. St. Pierre is a candidate for the DPH in Public Health at the Graduate Center and was in the second cohort of doctoral students (beginning 2008) at the CUNY School of Public Health. She has a Master’s in Public Health (Health, Policy and Management) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, a Master’s in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Brown University.

Ms. St. Pierre spent over twenty years in the field of children’s publishing as an author, editor and publishing executive before switching gears, returning to school and moving into the field of public health where she worked for a number of nonprofit organizations before starting her own business in 2006 as a management consultant. From 2006 to 2008 she taught graduate sections in the Environmental Health core course at George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health and also designed and taught several courses and a special summer institute on Native American Health. In 2010 she began teaching at Old Westbury College and Hunter College in New York. She currently teaches undergraduate courses that explore gender, health, food and public policy (not necessarily all at the same time) in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Hunter College. She has completed the SUNY training for online teaching and has incorporated online instruction into all of her courses since 2006, designing blended, hybrid and online courses including: Women’s Health; Nutrition & Society; Public Health Ethics; Health Education; Gender and Health Policy; Gender, Sexualities and Indigenous Rights; Gender, Globalization and the Politics of Food.

Ms. St. Pierre recently began fieldwork for her dissertation in the area of food system change and food sovereignty in indigenous communities of North America. Her research interests include indigenous rights, gender and public policy, community health and food systems, environmental justice, bioethics and impacts of trauma on community health. Her work at NML will focus on creating an educational website on food systems, health and community which will serve as a vehicle for developing and sharing her research as it progresses. She also plans to experiment with a variety of data visualization techniques to determine what creative options might exist for presenting the results of her study.