Profile: Helen Hazen

Dr Helen Hazen, Visiting Professor, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Helen focuses on the intersection of environment and health, especially as related to infectious disease.

Helen was born and raised in the United Kingdom, and received a B.A. in Geography from Oxford University in 1996. After several years working in environmental conservation in places as diverse as Uganda and the Peruvian Amazon, she moved to sunny Minnesota to pursue graduate work. In 2006, she received her Ph.D. in Geography, focusing on the conservation of natural environments. Work from this dissertation has recently been published in The Professional Geographer, Geoforum, and Physical Geography.

During her graduate career, and since graduating, her teaching focus has been health, particularly the intersection of health and environment. She has developed an active program in Health Geography at Macalester College, where she now teaches, and is currently developing a new course related to environmental hazards, focusing on the intersection between the natural environment and human vulnerability and health. Helen has also assisted with the creation of a concentration in Global and Community Health at the college, which is designed to offer students the opportunity to pursue public health interests in an interdisciplinary context.

Helen may be contacted at See also, her staff page at Macalester —

Updated: January 2011