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Amaya Perez-​Brumer MSc, PhD

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Amaya Perez-Brumer is a medical sociologist and critical global health scholar who integrates methods and theory from Sociology and Public Health. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences and Sociology from Columbia University (2019) and holds an MSc in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2013).

Three central aims drive her research:

  • (1) drawing on gender and queer theory to examine the consequences of social marginalization, stigma, and exposure to violence on HIV prevention and care outcomes for communities most impacted;
  • (2) to design and implement critical HIV biosocial interventions that promotes equity through globally interconnected work;
  • (3) to analyze from a science and technology studies (STS) perspective how dimensions of power and political-economic forces are entangled with how we do global public health research and policy-making.

Amaya has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including, AIDSAIDS and Behavior, and the Journal of the International AIDS Society. She was lead-editor and contributing author to an edited volume (Routledge 2017) entitled Rethinking MSM, Trans* and other Categories in HIV Prevention (with Richard Parker and Peter Aggleton). In 2019, she co-edited a special issue of Global Public Health entitled “Social inequities and contemporary struggles for collective health in Latin America” (with Emily Vasquez and Richard Parker).

Her current book project, “The Global Science and Business of Gender and Sexual Diversity in the New Era of HIV” examines the political economy of large-scale HIV biomedical prevention research—largely designed in the global North but conducted in the global South. Focusing on Peru, a recognized global leader in HIV biomedical prevention research among people categorized as men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, the project draws on in-depth discussions with individuals participating in research and scientists (global South and global North) leading it.  The book argues that gender and sexual identities are commodified in this field and demonstrates the ways in which global health research targeting people of diverse genders and sexualities, while meant to mitigate stigma and HIV-related disparities, incorporates contradictory practices that perpetuate existing inequalities.

Her work has been funded by the United States National Institute of Mental Health, the Canadian Social Science Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Health Research. She holds active funding as a Co-Investigator on an NIH-funded study (R21 MH118110, with Sari Reisner and Alfonso Silva-Santisteban) which aims to improve HIV prevention and care services for Peruvian transgender and gender fluid communities.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

CHL5102: Social and Political Forces in Health (Winter 2020)

Representative Publications

Perez-Brumer A, Passaro RC, Oldenburg CE, Garcia J, Sanchez J, Salvatierra HJ, Lama JR, Clark JL. (2019) Homophobia and heteronormativity as dimensions of stigma that influence sexual risk behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM) and women (MSMW) in Lima, Peru: A mixed-methods analysis. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 617.

Perez-Brumer A, Silva-Santisteban A, Salazar X, Vilela J, Reisner SL. (2019) In search of “my true self”: Intersections of transmasculine gender identity processes, stigma, and mental health in Lima, Peru. Eds. Logie C, and Nakamura N. LGBT Mental Health: Global Perspectives and Experiences. American Psychological Association. (In press)

Perez-Brumer A, Nunn A, Hsiang E, Oldenburg CE, Bender M, Beauchamps L, Mena L, MacCarthy S. (2018) “We don’t treat your kind”: Assessing HIV health needs holistically among transgender people in Jackson, Mississippi. PloS One, 13(11), e0202389.

Logie C, Perez-Brumer A, Jenkinson J, Madau V, Nhlengethwa W, Baral SD. (2018) Social worlds of HIV vulnerabilities and prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Swaziland: A qualitative investigation. AIDS Care, 30(sup2), 33-40.

Perez-Brumer A, Day J, Russell ST, Hatzenbuehler ML. (2017) Prevalence and Correlates of Suicidal Ideation Among Transgender Youth in California: Findings From a Representative, Population-Based Sample of High School Students. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(9), 739-746.

Perez-Brumer A, Reisner SL, McLean SA, Silva-Santisteban A, Huerta L, Mayer KH, Sanchez J, Clark JL, Mimiaga MJ, Lama JR. (2017) Leveraging social capital: Multilevel stigma, associated HIV vulnerabilities, and social resilience strategies among transgender women in Lima, Peru.  Journal of the International AIDS Society 20:21462.

Perez-Brumer A, Oldenburg CE, Reisner SL, Clark JL, & Parker RG. (2016) Towards ‘reflexive epidemiology’: Conflation of cisgender male and transgender women sex workers and implications for global understandings of HIV prevalence. Global Public Health, 11(7-8), 849-865.

Oldenburg CE, Perez-Brumer A, Reisner SL, Mayer KH, Mimiaga MJ, Hatzenbuehler ML, & Bärnighausen T. (2016). Human rights protections and HIV prevalence among MSM who sell sex: Cross-country comparisons from a systematic review and meta-analysis. Global Public Health, 15(11-12), 414-425.

Perez-Brumer A, Oldenburg C, Biello K, Rosenberger J, Novak D, & Mimiaga M. (2015) HIV prevalence, sexual behaviours and engagement in HIV medical care among an online sample of sexually active MSM in Venezuela. International Journal of HIV and STDs, 27(9), 790-797.

Perez-Brumer A, Hatzenbuehler M, Oldenburg C, & Bockting W. (2015) State-level structural stigma and suicide attempts among transgender individuals. Behavioral Medicine, 41(3), 164-171