M.P.H., Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ph.D., Northeastern Univ.
M.Ed., Boston College
B.A., Univ. of Dayton
Donna M. Cole is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Public Policy & Law Program. Professor Cole is a medical sociologist with public health expertise in infectious diseases. She is a former research fellow of the Yale School of Public Health, where she conducted research on racial health equity and HIV/AIDS among African American women. Her research examines the health consequences of criminal justice and drug policies for African Americans and emphasizes community-based, anti-racist research methodologies and the analysis of health policies regarding racial health equity and bioethics.
Professor Cole is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Sociology. She completed a graduate degree in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation at Boston College and graduate education in infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Nevada. Dr. Cole began her career as a social worker in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Her experience in behavioral health spans work at the Department of State and the Department of Defense, in sexual assault prevention, with the EEOC, and as an advocate for criminal justice reform.
Professor Cole’s approach to teaching is based in principles of restorative justice. She approaches teaching as an opportunity to assist students in understanding the implications of policy for vulnerable and marginalized populations. She encourages her students to think about interventions that address race as a social determinant of health and to conduct research that will enhance their structural competence.