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Cynthia A. Golembeski

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar; School of Law/School of Public Affairs and Administration J.D./Ph.D. Student, Rutgers University - Newark

Cynthia Golembeski teaches with the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) at Rutgers-Newark. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and Vice President of the New Jersey Public Health Association. She is a former USAID Research and Innovation fellow and a Fulbright grantee to South Africa. She actively collaborates on health equity and criminal justice reform initiatives to achieve advocacy, policy, research, and service objectives for governmental agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Correctional Health Care and World Medical and Health Policy. Research interests include criminal justice and health policy and management; equity; ethics; nonprofit management and philanthropy; state and local politics; and citizen-state relations.


  • 2018–2020
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , Health Policy Research Scholar
  • 2018–2020
    Adjunct Faculty , Rutgers University
  • 2016–2020
    JD/PhD Student , Rutgers University


    UC Berkeley , BS
    Columbia University, MPH
    Rutgers University , JD/PhD (In Progress)

Professional Memberships

  • Frontiers in Public Health Health Policy Review Editor
  • Journal of Correctional Health Care Editorial Board Member
  • World Medical and Health Policy Book Review Editor
  • 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
  • Public Management Research Association
  • International Society for Third-Sector Research
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Scholars Strategy Network Member
  • New York Academy of Science


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar; Fulbright United States Student Program Fellow; American Jewish World Service Public Health Fellow.