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Cynthia Golembeski, MPH

SPAA PhD Student

Cynthia Golembeski is a JD/PhD student in the School of Public Affairs and Administration and non-tenure track faculty member with the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) at Rutgers University–Newark. She has collaborated on health equity and criminal justice reform initiatives to achieve advocacy, policy, research, and service objectives for governmental agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs. She is a former USAID Research and Innovation fellow and a Fulbright grantee to South Africa. Golembeski is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and a Center on Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity Fellow. She is also Vice President of the New Jersey Public Health Association. Her research interests include criminal justice and health policy and management; equity and the politics of poverty and equality; nonprofit management and philanthropy; law and society; ethics; and citizen-state interactions.


  • MPH: Columbia University School of Public Health
  • BA/BS: University of California at Berkeley