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Sharon Abramowitz, Ph.D. is trained as an anthropologist, sociologist, and epidemiologist with credentials from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins - Bloomberg School of Public Health, Brandeis University, and Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. She is presently a visiting researcher at Rutgers, and is based in Brookline, MA.

Dr. Abramowitz conducts academic research and provides consulting services to U.S.-based and multi-lateral organizations specializing in global health, humanitarian intervention, and international development. Past clients include the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Save the Children, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and USAID subcontractors. 

She has authored and edited several books, including Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), and Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), as well as a wide range of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, professional reports, monitoring and evaluation activities, grey papers, and public media/journalism contributions.

Dr. Abramowitz is presently available to provide expert testimonials for refugee and asylum cases.

She is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on The Ebola 100 Project.

Her areas of expertise include:


The West African Ebola Epidemic (2014-2015)

Gender violence

Global mental health

African health systems

Humanitarian assistance

International development

Medical and psychological anthropology

Postconflict reconstruction