Julie Tippens

Julie Tippens

Assistant Professor

2016, DrPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of Arizona College of Public Health
2016, Certificate, Medical Anthropology, University of Arizona School of Anthropology
2008, M.P.H., Social and Behavioral Health, Temple University College of Public Health
2006, M.A., International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Arcadia University
2001, B.A., English Literature, Fordham University

I am a community-engaged researcher specializing in forced migration, refugees, global health, and East Africa. I have spent more than 15 years working as a practitioner and researcher with refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S., Southeast Asia (Thailand), and East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania); my continuing ethnographic work focuses on refugees’ social support in Kenya, both in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements and in Kakuma refugee camp. I have institutional affiliations with the Moi University Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Kenya. My research centers on the following broad themes: (1) intergenerational social support among forcibly displaced persons, (2) community-based approaches to enhancing psychosocial wellbeing and increasing resilience among displaced persons and groups, (3) the role(s) of community health workers (CHWs) in addressing refugees’ maternal mental and physical health, and (4) building community capacity and health outreach infrastructures to address refugee health in low- and middle-income countries.   

My current role is as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to beginning at UNL, I completed doctoral training in global maternal and child health and medical anthropology at the University of Arizona. I teach undergraduate courses in refugee health and wellbeing, master’s-level classes in family migration and humanitarian NGOs, and a doctoral seminar in international research methods.  

In my spare time, I can be found drinking coffee or Zanzibar spiced chai, snapping photographs, reading, and exploring new places with my spouse, Mohamed, and our dog (Desmond) and cat (Bernie). 

I am interested in working with graduate students whose work centers on any of the following areas: ethnographic and qualitative inquiry, forced migration/refugees, global health, or sub-Saharan Africa.