Women’s Reproductive Health & Economic Empowerment: Lessons from


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Join us for the March session of Africa Speak, a conversation with WashU Faculty on their research engagements in Africa. The panel will focus on Women’s Reproductive Health and Economic Empowerment: Lessons from Low Resource Settings.


Jessica Levy, PhD
Associate Professor of Practice, Brown School

Jessica Levy’s research focuses on the intersection between gender, poverty, and global maternal and child health. She aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions that promote gender equality and improve reproductive health and development outcomes.

Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, PhD
Associate Professor, Sam Fox School; Area Coordinator, Fashion Design

Mary Ruppert-Stroescu’s current research focuses on the study and application of creativity, particularly through the exploration of sustainable fashion design and production and wearable electronic textile-based sensing systems that address issues of health and well-being. Her interdisciplinary collaborations with engineers and medical scientists have resulted in innovations related to conductive thread performance, the integration of sensors into textile embodiments for diverse body types, and user needs for textile-based sensing systems.

L. Lewis Wall, DPHIL, MD
Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, Arts & Sciences; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine

Professor Wall’s research interests involve the intersection of biology and culture, with particular reference to women’s reproductive health. Wall is particularly interested in the social and clinical aspects of reproductive health problems in developing countries and has been actively involved in a variety of clinical projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, and Niger.


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