Sharon Abramowitz, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

Areas of Expertise
  • Medical anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Community engagement
  • Mental health
  • Gender violence
  • Epidemic preparedness and response
  • Data sharing

Sharon Abramowitz is a an Associate Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security. She is a medical anthropologist who specializes in community engagement, mental health, gender violence, epidemic preparedness and response. She has been a leading global advocate for strengthening social science and risk communications and community engagement (RCCE) capacity, metrics, and utilization in public health emergencies.

She is presently a Senior Researcher in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, is on the editorial board of the Journal for Humanitarian Affairs, and is honorary faculty at the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health. She is the author of the Inter-Agency Minimum Quality Standards and Indicators for Community Engagement and the monograph Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War, co-editor of the book Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice, and has written for Nature Human Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, The Lancet, Global Public Health, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and the Journal of Infectious Disease.

Lastly, Abramowitz leads Communitology, an initiative that connects social science researcher/country-of-origin experts with asylum seekers in the UK, US, Canada, and Europe.