School of Nursing and Health Studies

Nora Kenworthy, Assistant Professor

Nora Kenworthy

Nora Kenworthy, PhD
Assistant Professor

I have been an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies since 2013. I also hold adjunct faculty status in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington Seattle. I come to UWB from Columbia University in New York City, where I completed my PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to beginning my graduate work, I worked with a program supporting community-based responses to HIV in South Africa. I hold graduate faculty status and am also affiliated with the UW African Studies Program.


My work sits at the intersections of medical anthropology, public health, and politics. I have been working and conducting research in southern Africa (Lesotho and South Africa, primarily) since 2005. Much of my research explores the impacts of global health initiatives on diverse communities, and the politics of global health governance. To this end, I am working on a book manuscript that examines how HIV and global health program expansion in Lesotho undermined democratic institutions and altered citizens’ political worlds. Additionally, I am currently co-editing two books, one on corporations and global health governance, and a second on HIV programming and the politics of global health.


Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
New York, NY
  • Ph.D., Sociomedical Sciences; Dissertation:What only heaven hears: Citizens and the state in the wake of HIV scale-up in Lesotho; Committee: Richard Parker, Ron Bayer, Kim Hopper, Rosalind Petchesky, Mamadou Diouf
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
New York, NY
  • MA, Sociomedical Sciences
Williams College
Williamstown, MA
  • BA, Political Science






Courses Taught

  • BNURS 350: Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • BHS 302: Global Communities, Culture, and Health Equity
  • BHS 497: Global Health: Critical Perspectives, New Directions
  • BCUSP (Discovery Core II): Zombies and the Culture of Pandemics