Sara Baumann is a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Department. She holds a bachelor degree in Sociology of Health and Aging from the University of Michigan, and holds a Master of Public Health degree in international health from BRAC University.
Sara’s research interests involve the intersection of visual methods and public health, with a focus on participatory filmmaking methods, and sexual and reproductive health in South Asia. Her current scholarship explores menstrual health in far-west Nepal. She developed a research method called Collaborative Filmmaking, where participants are trained as community producers to create films to advance knowledge about health behaviors. She is also the creator of the short film series, Cycle Series, that investigates lesser-known experiences of menstruation in Pittsburgh, and uses film as a dissemination and advocacy tool in public health. Sara’s research interests include gender, international development, social determinants of health, qualitative research, visual anthropology, reproductive health, LGBTQ health, and sexuality, and has geographical interests in South Asia, Italy, and the United States
She is currently a graduate student researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, where she supports faculty on a myriad of research projects, a research consultant for SisterFriend, Inc., and a freelance filmmaker.