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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Christine J Cynn, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
cjcynn@vcu.edu

Chris Cynn, Ph.D.'s research centers on epidemics as they make visible and exacerbate social, political, and economic conflicts. She has published a book on HIV prevention policies in West Africa, Prevention: Gender, Sexuality, HIV, and the Media in Côte d'Ivoire, and co-edited a collection on literary and visual representations of HIV/AIDS. She has also published articles in journals such as Camera Obscura, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies and Transformations; co-produced an award-winning documentary, "Pote mak sonje": The Raboteau Trial, and produced and directed an HIV prevention video. Her current book project, tentatively titled, AIDS Archives: "A Witness of My Time" examines alternative archives of HIV/AIDS that challenge traditional archival processes and practices.

Prof. 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.

After completing her Ph.D. at Columbia University, Cynn was awarded a Fulbright to teach at Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny and to research HIV prevention policies in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, as well as an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, where she also served as Assistant Director of Africana Studies.

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