Jenine Harris

Professor, Brown School, WUSTL

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Jenine Harris focuses on closing the gap between discovery and delivery in her methodological and substantive areas of research, and in her teaching and service. Her methodological area of expertise is social network analysis, with a particular interest in statistical modeling of social networks, which she has used to identify gaps in path between discovery and delivery in scientific research and public health practice.

Her recent projects focus on the use of Twitter and other social media platforms as a way to conduct public health surveillance and improve connections between local health departments and their constituents. In recent years, Harris has collaborated with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the City of St. Louis Department of Health to evaluate and implement a new machine-learning based Twitter tool that identifies possible foodborne illness and encourages reporting local constituents.

Harris teaches biostatistics courses including “Foundations of Biostatistics,” “Applied Linear Modeling,” and “Introduction to the R Statistical Programming Language and Environment.” Harris is also the co-director of the StatLab, a peer tutoring system for Brown School students to support success in quantitative courses.


  • BA, French Language & Literature, University of Oregon, 1993
  • MA, Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon, 1996
  • MAT, Teaching Math & Technology, Pacific University, 1997
  • PhD, Public Health Studies/Biostatistics, Saint Louis University, 2008​