Assoc. Prof. and Director of Health Studies
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. She is the director of Haverford's new interdisciplinary minor in Health Studies and currently serves as the faculty director of Haverford's Quaker Affairs Office. 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 and a member of Radnor Monthly Meeting; she serves on the Board of ProNica, a Quaker organization working in solidarity with community groups in Nicaragua, and on the Corporation of Haverford College.
B.S., Indiana University
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Courses for Academic Year 2014-2015
Violence and Public Health
Reproductive Health and Justice
Quaker Social Witness
Introduction to Health Studies
I began 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 is 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.