Nicola Bulled, PhD

Assistant Research Professor, InCHIP

Research Overview

I am a public health anthropologist who intervenes in global health delivery to ensure effective, culture-centered, and structurally responsive policy and practice. I have worked with national, regional, and city governments, healthcare providers, community organizations, and community members. I use the tools and skills of an anthropologist to interrogate factors contributing to disease and healthcare needs, offering individual-, social-, and systems-level perspectives on public health programming, service delivery, and policy. My specific fields of interest include HIV prevention, infectious diseases, disease prevention technologies, health communication, and community collaboration. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut where I researched knowledge circulation as an HIV prevention technology among youth in urban and rural Lesotho. I completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Virginia, Center for Global Health where I examined citizen-state dynamics to secure water access. Prior to pursuing my advanced degrees, I served as a public health practitioner, working on HIV prevention initiatives in Lesotho, for the City of Boston, and at the Massachusetts State Laboratory. My research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Fulbright IIE. I am presently examining the effects of social network characteristics on refugee integration among refugees in Greece. I am also developing a discrete choice analysis study applying a theories of practice framework to assess the determinants influencing uptake of multipurpose HIV prevention products (the vaginal Ring) in Southern Africa.


Honors Bachelor of Science, 2002, Biology, Colorado State University
Masters in Public Health, 2005, International Health, Boston University School of Public Health
PhD, 2012, Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2014, Interdisciplinary, University of Virginia, Center for Global Health

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

Nicola Bulled, (2014) Prescribing HIV Prevention: Bringing Culture into Global Health Communication, Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, (anticipated release date Fall 2014).

Nicola Bulled, Merrill Singer and Rebecca Dillingham. (2014) The Syndemics of Childhood Diarrhea: a biosocial perspective on efforts to combat global inequities in diarrhea-related morbidity and mortality. Global Public Health, (accepted).

Nora Kenworthy and Nicola Bulled. (2013) From modeling to morals: Imagining the future of HIV PrEP in Lesotho. Developing World Bioethics, doi:10.1111/dewb.12029.

Merrill Singer and Nicola Bulled. (2013) Interlocked Infections: The Health Burdens of Syndemics of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Special Issue of Annals of Anthropological Practice, 36(2): 328-345.

Nicola Bulled. (2013) (Re)distribution of Blame: Examining the Politics of Biomedical HIV Knowledge in Lesotho. Critical Arts, 27(3): 267-287.

Nicola Bulled. (2013) New Lives for Old: Modernity, Biomedicine, Traditional Culture and HIV prevention in Lesotho, Global Discourse, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/23269995.2013.804700.

Nicola Bulled. (2012) (Re) distribution of blame: Politics of HIV knowledge among youth in Lesotho, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology.

Nicola Bulled. (2011) `You can find anything online’: Biocommunicability of Cyber-Health Information and its Impact and Gendered Variation on how the NET Generation Accesses Healthcare, Human Organization, 70 (2):153-163.

Nicola Bulled and Merrill Singer. (2011) Syringe-mediated Syndemics, AIDS and Behavior, 15(7):1539-1545.

Nicola Bulled and Richard Sosis. (2010) Examining the influence of life expectancy of reproductive timing, total fertility, and education attainment, Human Nature, 21(3):269-289.

KM Kam, CW Yip, KJ Seung, A Sloutsky, N Bulled, M Zignol, M Espinal, SJ Kim. (2010) Determination of critical concentrations of Second Line Anti-tuberculosis drugs with clinical and microbiological relevance, The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 14(3):282-288.


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