Kirk Dombrowski

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John Bruhn Professor Sociology (402) 472-3205 708 Oldfather Hall

 Curriculum Vitae

My research focuses on broad interdisciplinary approaches to addiction and its related social and personal harms. This means that I necessarily work across fields that include sociology, anthropology, psychology and political-economy. It has also allowed me to develop specialized research methods in network analysis and hard-to-reach populations needed to do research with groups that are highly stigmatized and often not easy to find   I teach undergraduate courses at the University of Nebraska on social and cultural theory, criminology, social psychology, and systems science approaches to the social and behavioral sciences.  At the doctoral level I teach courses in research methods and core-social theory, with a focus on public health and health disparities. I am the Principal Investigator of the UNL Research, Evaluation and Analysis for Community Health (REACH) Lab, which is currently conducting several NIH-funded projects in locations ranging from Puerto Rico to Alaska. I am also the director of UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI), a project aimed at understanding and addressing health disparities in the Great Plains. In these roles I lead large, interdisciplinary research teams that place sociologists in conversation with other social, behavioral, and health researchers across the US. More information on our projects can be found at REACH and MHDI.








Ph.D. CUNY Graduate School and University Center

Areas of Specialization:

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Ethnography
  • Urban Public Health
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Native Americans