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Francesca Gaiba


Francesca Gaiba, PhD, (she/her) is research associate professor in Medical Social Sciences and the associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University. She is currently a Northwestern Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project. Dr. Gaiba earned her undergraduate degree in 1996 at University of Bologna, Italy. In 1997 she received the A. Schiavi Foundation Award for her research on interpretation at the Nuremberg Trial and her book, The Origins of Simultaneous Interpretation: The Nuremberg Trial was published a year later by the University of Ottawa Press. The book was translated into Japanese and published in Japan by Misuku Shobo Ltd. in 2013. In 2007, she received her PhD in Anthropology from Syracuse University with a dissertation that examined friendships between straight women and gay men. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Gaiba managed the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. She is a Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA). Dr. Gaiba brings a commitment to racial and LGBT justice and their intersections to her scholarship and academic work.

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