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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Chen Reis, Clinical Associate Professor


Phone: 303-871-7901

Office: 208B Ben M. Cherrington Hall
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208


  • MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • JD, Columbia University
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University

Research and Expertise

Humanitarian health action (including sexual and reproductive health & HIV and AIDS);  Humanitarian policy;  Sexual violence in humanitarian settings; Civil-military coordination; ethical, safety and methodological issues related to research in humanitarian settings; Gender and humanitarian action.


  • Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Humanitarian Assistance program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2011-present)
  • Technical Officer World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland (2004-2011)
  • Senior Research Associate Physicians for Human Rights USA, Boston MA (2001-2004)

Recent Publications

Cottingham J, García-Moreno C, Reis C. (2008). Sexual and reproductive health in conflict areas: the imperative to address violence against women. BJOG, 115(3), 301-3.

Reis C. (2005). Addressing sexual violence in emergencies. Humanitarian Exchange, 32, 32-33,

Reis C, Heisler M, Amowitz LL, Moreland R., Mafeni JO, et al. (2005). Discriminatory attitudes and practices by health workers toward Patients with HIV/AIDS in nigeria. PLoS Med 2(8), e246

Reis C., Ahmed AT, Amowitz LL, Kushner AL, Elahi M., Iacopino V.  Physician participation in human rights abuses in Southern Iraq. JAMA 2004, 291, 1480-1486.

Amowitz LL, Kim G., Reis C., Asher JL, Iacopino V. (2004) Human rights abuses and concerns about women's health and human rights. JAMA, 291, 1471-1479.

Amowitz LL, Reis C., Iacopino V. (2002). Maternal mortality in herat province, Afghanistan, in 2002: An indicator of women's human rights. JAMA, 288, 1284-1291.

Amowitz LL, Reis C., Lyons KH, Vann B., Mansaray B., Akinsulure-Smith AM, Taylor L., Iacopino V. (2002). Prevalence of war-related sexual violence and other human rights abuses among internally displaced persons in Sierra Leone. JAMA, 287, 513-521.


  • INTS 4492 Health and Humanitarian Aid
  • INTS 4483 Practical Applications in Global Health
  • INTS 4056 Information Management in Humanitarian Crises
  • INTS 4581 Humanitarian Systems and Policies