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2012 Postdoc Research Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University, NYC
2010 DPhil. Anthropology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
2005 MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
1999 MSc Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
1997 BSc Honours in Sociology

I am a medical anthropologist, global health researcher and feminist scholar, whose research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality and health. I am primarily interested in the HIV pandemic and have conducted research on HIV prevention and treatment in various countries in Africa. I have held teaching positions at the College of the Holy Cross (MA), where I taught undergraduate courses on global health (e.g., Intro to Global Health, Health and Development, Mixed-Methods in Health Research, HIV/AIDS in Global Perspective) and coordinated the health studies program. At Clark University (MA),  I taught the graduate courses Gender and Health and Health Promotion and Interventions for the masters in health sciences program (Dept of International Development, Community and Environment). Every summer, I co-teach a week-long workshop on Qualitative Research Methods in Infectious Diseases (McGill University Global Health Summer Institutes).

I have several research projects currently in the works, namely: 

  • a storytelling project to document the history of AIDS Project Worcester, the oldest AIDS service organization in central Massachusetts
  • a racial equity program with a community health center in Worcester. 
  • I am developing a new research area that focuses on neglected topics in global health, specifically menstruation and menopause. I am especially interested in the normalization of menstruation and menopause -related discomforts by the health field, broadly, and the invisibility of these two issues in dominant global health discourses. This research will focus on everyday experiences of menstruation and menopause and the strategies individuals use to manage these processes. I am currently pilot-testing the feasibility and acceptability of re-usable menstrual products, particularly the menstrual disc, among students at WPI. I have also recently received a Women's Impact Grant to conduct a large mixed-methods study on the prevalence of menstrual discomfort at WPI. This study will commence in Fall 2024. 
  • Another "new-ish" research area focuses on democratising global health by exploring how we can re-imagine the U.S. and other 'high-income countries' as sites for global health intervention: What does it mean to do global health in such contexts? 

I currently serve as an associate editor-in-chief for the American Journal of Health Promotion (2019-) and Frontiers in Public Health: Health Education and Promotion Specialty Section (2023-) and sit on the editorial boards of Culture, Health and Sexuality (2018-) and Medical Anthropology (2021-). I sit on various committees and boards, namely, the Reimagining Reproduction, a Wellcome Trust funded project based in South Africa, AIDS Project Worcester, Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester and Worcester College Corps.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 5: Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries

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SEE MORE NEWS ABOUT Tsitsi Masvawure
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WPI starts Global Health Master's Program in effort to address inequities, accessibility

WPI is empowering students to address global health challenges by leveraging socially responsible technology like AI-assisted medical treatment, wearable sensors, mobile apps, and biomedical devices. This report from Spectrum News 1 features our new master’s in Global Health program which will have a central focus on the social and ethical ramifications of health technology development.

2023's Best & Worst States for Women's Equality

Global health professor Tsitsi B. Masvawure provided analysis for this WalletHub article on uneven and lagging efforts in the U.S. to address gender inequality. She points out reasons why the country ranks poorly on many health metrics used to measure gender gaps.