President and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health, Emory University (Festival Underwriter)
Claire Sterk is president of Emory University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health. A public health scholar, she has served for the past two decades as a social scientist, academic leader, and administrator at Emory. Prior to becoming president in 2016, Sterk served as the university’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. A globally renowned thought leader, her work has deepened understanding of social and health disparities; addiction and infectious diseases, specifically HIV/AIDS; community engagement; and the importance of mentoring and empowering women leaders. Sterk’s academic publications include three books and over 125 peer-reviewed articles. She lectures widely at universities around the world.