Sherri L. Porcelain

Voluntary Instructor

(305) 284-3128
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Professor Sherri L. Porcelain has been part of the Voluntary Faculty in Public Health Sciences Miller School of Medicine since 1986 as well as teaching global health in world affairs for the Interdisciplinary International Studies Program at the College of Arts and Science since 1991. She served as a Senior Research Scholar for the University of Miami Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies on public health issues from 2008-2016. She was a member of University of Miami’s Field Epidemiology Survey Team (F.E.S.T.) from 1980-2003,  a collaboration with the Departments of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery and the former Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, conducting community based research and clinical trials on ectoparasitic, fungal, and other public health topics in Latin America. She became the Director of University of Miami’s F.E.S.T. Disaster Research Program in 1992, working in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, serving as a consultant to international and local community based programs, evaluating disaster responses and mitigation strategies, and analyzing health diplomacy and security perspectives related to emergency events through 2008.

She has received teaching and service awards working with students, local, and international community based organizations, first responders, and military programs. Her earlier publications include research on international community health and infectious diseases, and a more recent book chapter, Health Security Challenges in The Americas: Newly Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases in Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the Twenty-First Century, (February 2015), Lexington Books, reveals the trajectory of her interests.She is currently writing a short book with a working title, The Conundrum of Public Health in Latin America and the CaribbeanTipico, Latin America Series, (forthcoming 2021),  Taylor and Francis. While she is no longer conducting field research, she continues to instruct students, and maintains a forty year special relationship with the Guna Indians, Panama to help create a social enterprise for global public health.