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Irene Vernon, PhD 



Dr. Vernon is the Department Chair of Ethnic Studies, and a Co-Project Director for CA7AE: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project. Dr. Vernon specializes in Native American Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Theories of Ethnicity. Her intellectual interests and research include Native American health disparities, particularly HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Vernon has written the definitive book Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS, as well as other monographs, resource manuals, and articles. She has co-authored several articles with Dr. Thurman and one with Dr. Plested on HIV in Native communities. She is a tireless advocate for healthier Native communities and also authored the National Congress of American Indians resolution to recognize the first National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held March 21, 2007.

Research Interests:
  • Native American Health Disparities
  • Courses Taught:
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Current Research Projects:
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Project
  • Education:
  • University of California Berkeley, BA, Native American Studies, 1983
  • University of New Mexico, MA, History, 1992
  • Harvard Law School, Audit Winter 1993, Indian Federal Law Class
  • University of California Berkeley, PhD, Ethnic Studies, 1994
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