Cynthia Golembeski

PhD and JD Candidate in Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark

About Cynthia

Golembeski is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and Vice President of the New Jersey Public Health Association. She actively collaborates on health equity and criminal justice reform initiatives to achieve advocacy, policy, research, and service objectives for governmental agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs. She also teaches with the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) at Rutgers-Newark. She is a former USAID Research and Innovation fellow and a Fulbright grantee to South Africa. She also serves on the Journal of Correctional Health Care and World Medical and Health Policy editorial boards. Research interests include criminal justice and health policy and management; equity; ethics; nonprofit management and philanthropy; state and local politics; and citizen-state relations.


In the News

Guest to discuss the lasting effects of incarceration on individuals and their families on Interview with Brian Standing, WORT 8 O'Clock Buzz, Cynthia Golembeski, June 22, 2020.
Guest to discuss what happens to persons who are convicted of a crime on The Attitude With Arnie Arnesen WNHN, Cynthia Golembeski, June 18, 2020.
"Being Convicted of a Crime Has Thousands of Consequences Besides Incarceration – And Some Last a Lifetime," Cynthia Golembeski, Economy + Business, The Conversation, June 15, 2020.
"COVID-19 Shows Us That Prison Healthcare Is in Dire Need of Reform," Cynthia Golembeski (with Ans Irfan, Brie Williams, and Homer Venters), London School of Economics US Centre’s American Politics and Policy Blog, June 1, 2020.
"A National Security Case for Public Health Infrastructure and Universal Healthcare," Cynthia Golembeski (with Ans Irfan and Ashley Bienek-Tobasco), University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, May 13, 2020.


"Food Insecurity and Collateral Consequences Among Justice-Involved Individuals Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic" (with Ans Irfan and Kimberly Dong). World Medical and Health Policy (Forthcoming).
"Justice-Involved Women and Improving Health Equity Across the Criminal Justice Continuum" (with Carolyn Sufrin, Jaimie Meyer, Brie Williams, Precious Bedell, Ingrid Binswanger, Donna Hylton, Tyler Winkelman, and Sherry Glied). Women’s Health Issues (Forthcoming).
"Main Streets and Disaster: A Study of Regional Collective Efficacy " (with Mindy Thompson Fullilove , Jacob M. Izenberg, Martha Stitelman , and Rodrick Wallace). City 24 (2020): 166-177.

Examines two regions hit by disaster, and postulates that the unevenness of the Main Street nodes undermines collective efficacy and impedes recovery. This work has implications for planning for climate change and other future stressors.

"Book Review of Life and Death in Rikers Island" Public Integrity (2020).

In Life and Death in Rikers Island, Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer for New York City’s jails, performs a social autopsy of the “inaccessible island colony of nine jails on Rikers Island” and reveals the “deadly and long-lasting health risks of jail.” This deft analysis of the health risks of incarceration, with attention toward politics, policy, and power, necessitates a moral imperative to address the problems of healthcare within the con- text of mass incarceration.