Christine J Cynn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Christine Cynn received her doctorate 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 doctorate, 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 postdoctoral 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 Camera Obscura, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies and Transformations. She has also co-produced an award-winning documentary, "Pote Mak Sonje: The Raboteau Trial," and produced and directed an HIV prevention video. Her current book project examines HIV prevention media in Francophone West Africa.

Cynn took a leave from graduate school to work full-time as a community organizer and reproductive rights program coordinator in nonprofit 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.