Yale University

Kim M. Blankenship, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, American University
  • Director, Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University


Kim M. Blankenship, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University. She previously served on the faculty of Sociology at Duke University and at the Duke Global Health Institute (2008-2010) and on the faculty at Yale University, where she was also Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (1998-2008). Research and publications focus on race, class, and gender analyses of health, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS. She has received funding from NIDA, NIMH, CDC, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Current research includes a mixed methods study of the implementation and impact of community mobilization interventions for HIV prevention in female sex workers in India (BMGF); and a mixed methods, longitudinal study of the impact of criminal justice involvement on HIV related risk of re-entrants and their sexual partners (NIDA).