Jenny Higgins Associate Professor - UW Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madison WI

Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

WARF Office Building
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

PhD in women’s studies and MPH in global health from Emory University
Postdoctoral certificate in HIV/AIDS and sexuality from Columbia University

Research Area/s
Reproductive and sexual health, contraception, unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy intention, sexuality

Highlights in your Career
  • In 2011, elected to the Board of Directors for the Guttmacher Institute. (Still serving as a board member.)
  • In 2011, received the Early Career Teaching Award at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.
  • In 2010, received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from the American Public Health Association—Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section

Personal Passion/s
I am deeply motivated by both a reproductive rights framework and a reproductive justice framework. The former emphasizes universal legal protections for all women; the latter strives for social justice and human rights, particularly for socioeconomically disadvantaged women of color. I’m also interested in expanding men’s involvement in reproductive health and pregnancy prevention.

I’ll admit that while I love my work, I take recreation seriously. I love savoring Madison with my partner and son, swimming and running, and finding snatches of time for deliciously well-written novels.

What I expect to gain by being a scholar for the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities.
As a BIRCWH fellow, I am greatly looking forward to learning from and collaborating with other women’s health researchers—not only my mentors, but my co-fellows, the T32 Scholars, and other fabulous scholars and practitioners from both UW and beyond. I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to focus so deeply on my research, particularly since my teaching responsibilities will be enormously lightened during the fellowship. Finally, I look forward to connecting with the Wisconsin clinical and community populations critical to my future research agenda. I only recently re-located to Madison from New York, and so I am eager to begin building such relationships.