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Dr. Mary Ellsberg
Global Women's Institute
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Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Director Mary Ellsberg has more than 30 years of experience in international research and program work. Before joining the University in August 2012, Dr. Ellsberg served as vice president for research and programs at the International Center for Research on Women, where she oversaw work in economic development; gender violence; and HIV and HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Previously she also served as senior adviser for gender, violence and human rights at the nonprofit Program for Appropriate Technology in Health.
Dr. Ellsberg’s deep connection to global gender issues stems not only from her academic work but also from living in Nicaragua for nearly 20 years leading public health and women’s rights advocacy. She was a member of the core research team of the World Health Organization’s Multi-Country Study on Domestic Violence and Women’s Heath, and she has written more than 20 books and articles on gender-based violence and methodological aspects of violence research.
Dr. Ellsberg earned a doctorate in epidemiology and public health from Umea University in Sweden and a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.