Dr. Nolan Kline
Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems
Education & Experience
I received a PhD and MA in Applied Anthropology and an MPH from the University of South Florida. I also earned a BA in Anthropology from Rollins College and hold a Certification in Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Prior to joining the UNTHSC School of Public Health in 2021, I was Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Co-Coordinator of the Global Health program at Rollins College, and previously an Assistant Professor of Consumer Science at Purdue University.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My teaching focuses on community-based pedagogy and is informed by theories of engaged learning and learner-centered teaching. I teach a number of community-based courses in which students work collaboratively with community organizations to address specific public health problems and apply public health principles in real-world settings. Focusing on health equity, social determinants of health, and root causes of health inequality, I teach courses that take a transdisciplinary approach in understanding how social, cultural, political, and economic factors shape poor health. I teach a number of courses on global health, health equity, and social determinants of health.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Society of Applied Anthropology (SfAA), the American Anthropological Association (AAA), and the Law and Society Association (LSA). I have received a number of research, teaching, service, and community awards, including the Early Career Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award from the Florida Campus Compact; The Human Rights Defender Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology; being named as one of Orlando, Florida’s top 40 under 40 by the Orlando Business Journal; and the Distinguished Alumni award from the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology. In 2020, I was selected as an American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellow. I have received institutional awards for diversity and inclusion, and I have served on a number of community advisory boards for non-profit and community-based organizations, including the Farmworker Association of Florida and the Contigo Fund. I am also a steering board member of the Anthropologist Action Network for Immigrants and Refugees.
My research uses in-depth qualitative, community-based participatory approaches to advance health equity and respond to pressing social and public health problems. Currently, my research foci comprise three domains: 1) the health-related consequences of immigration enforcement laws, policies, and politics; 2) intersectional LGBTQ+ Latinx and Black activism to advance health equity and social justice; and 3) social determinants of novel vaccine uptake, such as the HPV and COVID-19 vaccines. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and I have published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters across several disciplines in the health sciences, social sciences, legal studies, and medical humanities. My book, Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the US South, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2019.
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