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Steffanie Strathdee, PhD Biography

Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences at the University of California at San Diego
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“We did a systematic review of the literature of the past five years… Our evidence from the modeling supports full decriminalization [of prostitution].”

Samuel Oakford, “Want to Combat AIDS? Decriminalize Sex Work, Researchers Say,”, July 24, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Global Health Institute, University of California at San Diego, 2015-present
  • Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, University of California at San Diego, 2008-present
  • Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University, 2015-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University, 2010-present
  • Professor and Harold Simon Chair, University of California at San Diego, 2004-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 2004-present
  • Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 1998-2004
  • Joint Appointment, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2002-2004
  • Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, 1996-1998
  • Program Director, British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, 1997-1998
  • Project Manager, Vancouver Injection Drug Use Study, British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, 1996-1998
  • Project Manager, Vanguard Project, University of British Columbia, 1995-1998
  • Project Manager, Vancouver Lymphadenopathy AIDS Study, University of British Columbia, 1993-1998
  • Research Associate, University of British Columbia (Canada), 1993-1996
  • Research Consultant, Casey House AIDS Hospice, Toronto, 1991-1993
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Toronto (Canada), 1994
  • MSc, Epidemiology, University of Toronto, 1990
  • BSc, Science and English, University of Toronto, 1988
  • Twitter: @chngin_the_wrld
  • Has published over 550 peer-reviewed publications
  • Recipient, National Mentoring Award, National Hispanic Science Network, 2013
  • Recipient, Garnett-Powers & Associates ‘What Powers You’ Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award, University of California at San Diego, 2012
  • Named by POZ magazine as one of their Top 100 in the fight against AIDS, 2010
  • Recipient, Leadership in International Collaborations Award, National Institute for Drug Abuse, 2009
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legal Prostitution Decrease Sexually Transmitted Diseases?