Christine J Cynn, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
cjcynn@vcu.edu

Christine Cynn received her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, where her dissertation focused on representations of race, sexuality and disease in the nineteenth-century United States.  After completing the Ph.D., Cynn was awarded a Fulbright to teach at the University of Cocody and to research HIV prevention policies in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and an Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in Women’s Studies at Barnard College, where she also served as Assistant Director of Africana Studies. 

Cynn has published articles in journals such as Women’s Studies Quarterly and Transformations, co-produced an award-winning documentary, Pote Mak Sonje: The Raboteau Trial, and produced and directed an HIV prevention video with Diaspora Community Services and Brookdale Hospital in New York City.  Her current book project, The ABCs of HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa, examines United States-sponsored HIV prevention media in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Cynn took a leave from graduate school to serve full time as a community organizer and reproductive rights program coordinator in non-profit organizations serving low-income people living with HIV in New York City and continues to work with women living with HIV in Côte d’Ivoire.

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