Nancy Romero-Daza, PH.D.

Nancy Romero-Daza, PhD, received her doctorate in Anthropology – with specialization in Medical Anthropology – in 1994 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1994 to 1998, she was a Research Scientist at the Hispanic Health Council (HHC) in Hartford, Connecticut, where she worked on several federally-funded HIV/AIDS research and intervention projects addressing the needs of ethnic minorities, drug using populations, and sex workers. While at the HHC, she was also the coordinator of the HIV/AIDS and the Women and Chemical Dependency Units which provided prevention education, counseling, and ancillary services; in addition, she participated in the evaluation of the Hartford Needle Exchange Program and of a methadone maintenance program. Dr. Romero-Daza is currently a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Her areas of specialization include HIV/AIDS research and intervention, food insecurity, health disparities, reproductive health, political economy of health, and the social determinants of health. She teaches courses on reproductive health, socio-cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS, legal and ethical aspects of research, applied anthropology, and medical anthropology. Dr. Romero-Daza has conducted research in Lesotho, Costa Rica, and the United States and has received funding from the National Science Foundation to examine the impact of globalization and a changing economy on nutritional health in Costa Rica (Himmelgreen PI). Since 2001, she has co-directed the Globalization and Community Health Field School (GCHFS) in Monteverde, Costa Rica, which has trained over 200 students from many colleges and universities throughout the United States on the conduct of community based health research. Since 2013 the GCHFS has been funded by NSF REU (Romero-Daza, PI) to provide cross disciplinary training in anthropology and civil and environmental engineering to undergraduates interested in addressing environmental and nutritional health issues in communities undergoing rapid changes as the result of globalization. Dr. Romero-Daza is a Co-Investigator in the “S.H.A.R.E. Haiti: Syndemic HIV AIDS Research Education” (Lescano and Rahill, Co-PIs), funded by the NICHD, to provide training to Haitian scholars on the use of Syndemic Theory for the conduct of community based HIV research. She has been the member of 84 graduate committees, and has graduated 14 PhDs and 13 MA students. She has received awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching and for mentoring of graduate students.