Kristy Maher, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. Once graduating from Yale, she knew she wanted a career at a small liberal arts college like her undergraduate experience and came to Furman in 1993. She served as the Chair of the Sociology Department for six years. Her main areas of interest include medical sociology, global health inequalities, sociology of gender and community based evaluation research.
Dr. Maher's research examines health care disparities and access to care issues. She has conducted program evaluations for a variety of local agencies (e.g. the March of Dimes, Healthy Connections, the Greenville Hospital System) and she is involved in a several community level activities designed to improve access to quality health care (e.g. Piedmont Health Foundation). Her recent research has her exploring the cultural reasons behind the “Botswana Paradox” – the fact that, despite all their best efforts, Botswana has the second highest rate of HIV in the world. Dr. Maher has directed the Southern Africa Study Away program since 2009 and a May X trip to Botswana since 2012.