Center for Global Health

Leadership Team

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Amber Wutich
Director and President's Professor

Amber is trained in anthropology and development. Her two decades of community-based field work in Latin America (Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico) and China are concerned with how people’s wellbeing is affected by and cope with inequitable institutions, especially under conditions of poverty. An expert on water insecurity and mental health, she directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a multi-year multi-country study of the human dimensions of water. As a nationally-leading social science methodologist with more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, Amber edits Field Methods, co-authored Analyzing Qualitative Data: Systematic Approaches and teaches ethnographic field methods and text analysis in national programs. Her teaching has been recognized with awards such as ASU Faculty Mentor Award - Outstanding Doctoral Chair (2017), Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year Award (2014), and ASU's Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Performance (2011). She received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.

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Alexandra Brewis Slade
Founding Director and President's Professor

Alex is an anthropologist with three decades experience leading large mixed-method social science collaborative projects in low-resource communities across the globe, including in the island Pacific, Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean. Her personal research focuses on how social vulnerabilities and exclusions (like stigma, poverty, or gender) shape human well-being. She is an AAAS fellow, applying this question to pressing problems such as depression, obesity, health care, food and water insecurity, and climate change. An accomplished research strategist, Alex has deep experience in working with key public/private partners to translate social science research into new forms of usable knowledge. An award-winning instructor, Alex designed and launched global health degrees, including what was the first and remains the largest undergraduate global health degree. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

Charisse Jennas

Charisse joined the Center for Global Health as coordinator in 2018. She manages all the Center day-to-day operations, including scheduling and visitor hosting, and assists with core Center research, training and outreach activities. Charisse graduated with a BA in global health from ASU, and previously served in the Peace Corps in Mozambique.

Outstanding Mentor Awardees

Each year, the Center for Global Health recognizes a mentor who has made significant and real impacts on the careers and lives of our global health majors. Students nominate our distinguished awardees.


Ersula OreErsula Ore
School of Social Transformation


Cindi SturtzSreetharanCindi SturtzSreetharan
Associate Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change