Associate Professor of Independent College Programs
A member of Haverford’s faculty since 1986, Edwards received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and did post-doctoral research in tropical parasitology in Boston. She currently teaches courses that explore various facets of social justice, including how they are embodied in the health of communities and how they are informed by Quaker faith and practice. Edwards was Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship from 2003-2006, and is the founder of Haverford House, CPGC’s post-baccalaureate community-action program in Philadelphia. She is a convinced Friend, a member of Radnor Monthly Meeting, and served for the past three years as the faculty director of Haverford's Quaker Affairs Office.
B.S., Indiana University
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Courses for Academic Year 2011-2012
Bodies of Injustice: Health, Illness and Healing in Contexts of Inequality
Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Quaker Social Witness
Violence and Public Health
I am beginning a new academic project during my sabbatical (AY12-13) to integrate key strands of my scholarly and pedagogical career: health justice, gender studies, Quaker studies, and experiential learning. While the focus will be on cervical cancer prevention in Nicaragua, my overarching goal is to model a collaborative research-teaching-service project for extending biomedical advances beyond the United States to low-income communities in a culturally respectful manner.