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Cynthia Golembeski

Research Associate Fellow and PhD Candidate in Urban and Social Policy, The New School

I am a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar using mixed methods to analyze how policy, law, ethics, and management operate at the nexus of criminal legal and health systems. Related research focuses on social safety net policies as determinants of health and safety with an aim to reduce harms.

I was a Fulbright grantee and USAID Research and Innovation fellow in South Africa. I am on the editorial boards of Journal of Correctional Health Care, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) Focus, Public Integrity, and World Medical & Health Policy. I collaborate with Scholars Strategy Network and community-led criminal legal and health research and policy initiatives.

I received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Columbia University. I am completing a JD and PhD degrees at The New School, where I am affiliated with the Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy. I am a UC Berkeley Prytanean Honor Society Alumnae board member and Cal Alumni Association liaison.

I have been a preceptor and lecturer with Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs; The New School Department of Politics and Social Science Fellowship; and Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons consortium.


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


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

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