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Columbia Publication Selected Outstanding Academic Title of 2014

“Structural Approaches in Public Health,” co-edited by Mailman School’s Dr. Marni Sommer, associate professor of sociomedical sciences, and Dr. Richard Parker, professor of sociomedical sciences, was chosen an outstanding academic title of 2014 by Choice, a source for reviews of academic books and digital resources in higher education.

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[Photo: Dr. Marni Sommer (left) and Dr. Richard Parker]

Each January, Choice identifies the best in scholarly titles reviewed by their editors during the previous calendar year. The list names a very small number of the academic titles published annually — about 10 percent of the approximately 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year — and brings with it the recognition of the academic library community. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer’s evaluation of the work, the editor’s knowledge of the field, and the reviewer’s record.

Dr. Sommer works in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings. Her particular areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents and the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual health. Dr. Sommer’s current research focuses on gender, health and education for girls and boys transitioning into adulthood in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

A medical anthropologist, Dr. Parker’s research focuses on the social and cultural construction of gender and sexuality, the social and political aspects of HIV/AIDS, and the relationship between social inequality, stigma, discrimination, and the social determinants of health. He is especially well known for his work on the politics of global health and on the role of social movements and community mobilization in responding to public health challenges.