Zermarie Deacon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Human Relations


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Human Relations, an adjunct professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and an affiliate faculty member with the School of International and Area Studies. My overarching research interests relate to the development of an understanding of cross-cultural interpretations of health and the encouragement of health and wellbeing in diverse communities. I am particularly interested in factors that support women’s recovery from the impacts of warfare. I am additionally interested in better understanding factors that support the attainment of health and wellbeing within marginalized communities, both in the United States and abroad. I have had the privilege of collaborating with various American Indian communities. In addition, I have been conducting research in northern Mozambique since 2005.

Prospective Students

I enjoy working with students who are self-directed and passionate. The best match would be with individuals who are interested in international work and/or issues of social justice, cross-cultural definitions of health, wellbeing, and gender. While I cannot necessarily guarantee funding, I am happy to help students procure support for their studies. Potential students should feel free to contact me.


  • Culturally informed definitions of health
  • Gender and development
  • Gender and armed conflict
  • Post-war development
  • Gender and the refugee experience
  • Women’s health
  • Social justice
  • Program evaluation