Visiting Scholars


Professor Bronwen Lichtenstein – The University of Alabama

Bronwen Lichtenstein, Ph.D., is professor of sociology in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Alabama, USA. She is also a research fellow at the Rural Center for HIV/STD Prevention at Indiana University-Bloomington, a past president of the mental health section of the International Sociological Association, and a term member of the Governor of Alabama’s AIDS Commission for Children, Youth and Adults. Her published articles and funded research projects are on stigma, STDS, HIV/AIDS, illicit drug use, health disparities, and the social dimensions of home foreclosure in the United States.


Dr Lichtenstein’s current research centers on HIV education, testing, and linkage to care in correctional populations and longitudinal analyses of the social dimensions of mortgage foreclosure. With the support of grant funding from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Dr Lichtenstein has formed a community-based partnership to provide HIV education to correctional officers, HIV services to probationers and parolees, and training for undergraduate students to facilitate testing in high impact areas. In response to opioid crisis in rural America, the programme will be expanded to include Hepatitis C testing services in 2018. The results of the HIV prevention and testing activities have been presented at conferences in The Netherlands and the United States, and were published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) in 2016. Dr Lichtenstein’s research programme also addresses mortgage foreclosure as a chronic social problem in the United States. This research has been funded by the Alabama Institute on Aging and other entities and primarily involves keeping a foreclosure database since the Great Recession of 2008. The database has generated findings on debt and aging, gender and race disparities, medical bankruptcy, and death and divorce as social drivers of foreclosure. The results of this work have been published in Social & Cultural Geography, Contexts, Journal of Family & Community Health, The Professional Geographer, Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, & World Order.