Celeste Watkins-Hayes, PhD

Celeste Watkins-Hayes is associate vice president for research and professor of sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. In addition to her faculty appointments, she is a faculty fellow at Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research and Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health. Dr. Watkins-Hayes is principal investigator of The Health, Hardship and Renewal Study, which explores the economic and social survival strategies of women living with HIV/AIDS in the Chicago area and the rise of the national AIDS safety net. Results from that study will be presented in the book, Remaking a Life: HIV/AIDS and the Politics of Transformation (forthcoming with the University of California Press). In 2009, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award to conduct this research.

Dr. Watkins-Hayes has published numerous articles in journals and edited volumes including, The Annual Review of Sociology, Social Problems, and The DuBois Review. In addition to her academic articles and essays, Dr. Watkins-Hayes has published pieces in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Trusteeship Magazine, and Chicago Magazine. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Spelman College and the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is a former chair of the department of African American Studies at Northwestern. Dr. Watkins-Hayes received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in June 2003. She also holds an M.A. in Sociology from Harvard and a B.A. from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1996.

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