Cara Kiernan Fallon is a Lecturer in Global Health at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She completed her postdoctoral training in Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also appointed as a Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives and a Clark Scholar at the Penn Memory Center. She received her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University and MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. During and after the financial crisis of 2008, she worked in investment banking and investment management at Goldman Sachs. She earned a BA from Yale in History of Science/History of Medicine, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Combining her training in history, ethics, public health, and industry, her research analyzes the marginalization of the elderly from basic frameworks of health, disparities in chronic disease, and the intersections of aging and disability studies. Her current book project, Living Long and Dying Young, examines cultural aspirations and medical innovations for aging since 1900. Her work has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institutes, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.
She teaches courses in global health, ethics, and medical history and policy. She advises the Global Health Scholars in the Multidisciplinary Academic Program, where she also serves as the program manager. She welcomes student inquiries about global health, interdisciplinary scholarship, and the Global Health Studies program.