Desiree Abu-Odeh

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University

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About Desiree

Abu-Odeh is a PhD Candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where she studies the history and ethics of public health. She has researched and written about public health responses to overweight and obesity, the history of U.S. drug policies, feminist legal and policy reforms, and the history of responses to sexual violence on college campuses. Desiree has also taught courses in bioethics and U.S. health care policy.



"The Bureaucratization of Campus Sex" (with Shamus Khan and Constance Nathanson). American Anthropological Association (2016).

Shows how addressing sexual violence at Columbia University became embedded in the institution beginning in the 1950s.

"Fat Stigma and Public Health: A Theoretical Framework and Ethical Analysis" Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24, no. 3 (2014): 247–265.

Describes the pitfalls of using stigma to pursue the public health goal of ending the “obesity epidemic.”