Biography

Hazel is a postdoctoral researcher working with Jamie Jones in the Department of Anthropology and the Woods Institute for the Environment. She has a B.A. (Hunter College, CUNY) and a M.Sc. (University College London) in Anthropology, and a PhD from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. Her main research focus concerns ecological and social determinants of infectious diseases among resource vulnerable and migratory populations. For her dissertation, she incorporated molecular epidemiology, human resource ecology, and mathematical modeling to explore risk for herpes simplex virus type 2 and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in a highly remote population of semi-nomadic pastoralists in northwestern Namibia. She is studying the social networks of rural, backyard poultry farmers in Bangladesh to assess the outbreak potential and transmission pathways of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1). Her other research interests include comparative fertility and reproductive health in light of globalization and poverty.