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Cynthia A. Golembeski

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar, The New School

I am a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and a Scholars Strategy Network member. I use mixed methods to research how policy, law, and management operate at the intersection of criminal legal and health systems. I collaborate on equity and reform initiatives.

I teach college-level courses in prison and I am an Assistant Instructor with Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs. I serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Correctional Health Care and Public Integrity. I am an associate editor for World Medical & Health Policy and Harvard Public Health Review.

I am a former USAID Research and Innovation fellow and a Fulbright grantee to South Africa. I have a master's degree in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley. I am completing my law degree at Rutgers Law School and my doctoral degree at The New School.


  • 2018–present
    Adjunct Faculty, New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prison (NJ-STEP)
  • 2018–present
    Health Policy Research Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 2021–present
    Assistant Instructor, Princeton University


    UC Berkeley, BS
    Columbia University, MPH
    The New School, PhD In Progress
    Rutgers Law School, JD In Progress

Professional Memberships

  • New York Academy of Sciences Member
  • New Jersey Public Health Association Vice President
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Member
  • American Public Health Association Ethics Committee Member and Law Committee Member
  • American Society for Public Administration Member
  • Public Administration Theory Network Member
  • American Association for University Women Member
  • Fulbright Association Member
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Scholars Strategy Network Member
  • International Society for Third-Sector Research Member


Fulbright and USAID Research and Innovation Fellow