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Chair of Sociology at American University and director of AU's Center on Health, Risk and Society
Kim Blankenship is chair of Sociology at American University and director of AU's Center on Health, Risk and Society. She is also director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research. Blankenship’s research in the U.S. examines the relationship among drug policy, mass incarceration and race disparities in HIV/AIDS. She also conducts research in India, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the social and economic vulnerability among female sex workers and the success of community mobilization interventions in addressing their HIV risk.