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Veronica A. Lippencott

Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Studies and Geography


PHD, 2003, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign; MA, 1996, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign; BA, 1994, Pennsylvania State Univ


Dr. Veronica Akinyi Lippencott (nèe Ouma) received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2003 with a minor in African Studies. She earned a M.A. in Geography with a minor in Gender Roles in International Development at UIUC in 1996, and a B.A. in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994. Dr. Lippencott previously taught at Rutgers University, Brown University, Bridgewater State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Colgate University. At these universities, she taught several introductory geography courses, as well as advanced courses in medical geography, economic geography, and international development.

Dr. Lippencott has conducted research in Kenya on HIV/AIDS and health care issues. In particular, she focuses on how HIV/AIDS has impacted people's lives in terms of their health beliefs and health behaviors. She incorporates both quantitative and qualitative research methods to gain insights on a disease that has many social, economic, cultural, and political implications. Further, Dr. Lippencott has done research exploring the geographic diffusion of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Her research on disease diffusion is highlighted in the PBS documentary series, "The Power of Place: Geography in the 21st Century." She is also engaging in research on African immigrants in the United States.

At Brown University, Dr. Lippencott served as a principal investigator for the "Racial and Ethnic Minority Disparities Project." With funding from the Rhode Island Foundation, Dr. Lippencott worked with undergraduate research assistants and an advisory board consisting of academicians, government agents, and community leaders. The project involved collecting and analyzing reports, and creating an annotated bibliography of articles and books on minority disparities in health, education, economic development, and safety issues in the state of Rhode Island. The project concluded with a final report on disparity issues and a website of the information gathered aimed at community groups, researchers, and other stakeholders interested in disparity issues.

Dr. Lippencott contributed to a book entitled, HIV/AIDS and Women in Africa, published in 2009 by Nova Science Publishers. Her book chapter explores how HIV/AIDS has impacted women in Kisumu, Kenya. She has published in the journal African Rural and Urban Studies, several online publications, encyclopedias, and regularly peer reviews manuscripts for publication.

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