Sharon Hope Green

Sharon Hope Green

Research Interests


Sharon Green currently directs research on frameworks invoked in the gun control debate, a project within the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health. Previously, her research examined mass incarceration through a public health lens, the criminalization of drugs, and harm reduction approaches to tobacco control. As a master’s student, she co-founded and served as president of the Association for Justice and Health (AJAH), leading advocacy efforts to assess and address the health impacts of the US criminal justice system on individuals and communities. Simultaneously, she led an HIV/STI prevention program for adolescents in the juvenile justice system through the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Prior to her master’s program, she worked as an HIV screening and counseling program coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Emergency Department in East Baltimore. She also worked as a middle school science teacher in rural Ghana; as an emergency medical technician in Israel, where she treated Israelis, Palestinians, and refugees; and volunteered in a syringe exchange program in New York City.


  • MPH, Sociomedical Sciences and Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (2015)
  • BA, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University (2011)