Ph.D. Student Profile

Maren Miriam Spolum, M.P.H, M.P.P.

Maren Miriam Spolum, M.P.H, M.P.P.

  • Doctoral Candidate


  • MPH, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, HBHE (2012)
  • MPP, University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (2012)
  • BA, History, Philosophy & the Social Studies of Science & Medicine, University of Chicago (2006)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Political economy of health
  • Racialized neoliberalism
  • Structural racism
  • Police violence & abolition
  • Health Inequities

Selected Publications

  • Spolum MM, Lopez WD, Watkins DC, Fleming PJ. (2023) Police violence: Reducing the harms of policing through public health-informed alternative response programs. American Journal of Public Health, 113(S1):S37-S42.
  • PJ Fleming, MM Spolum, WD Lopez, S Galea. (2021) The public health funding paradox: How funding the problem and solution impedes public health progress. Public Health Reports, 136(1):10-13.
  • PJ Fleming, WD Lopez, M Spolum, RE Anderson, AG Reyes, AJ Schulz. (2021). Policing is a public health issue: the important role of health educators. Health Education & Behavior, 48(5):553-558.

Additional Information

  • Pre-Doctoral Trainee, National Institute of Child Health and Development (2019-ongoing)
  • HBHE PhD Student Organization (HBHEDoc) Co-Chair 2020-2023
  • Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) member, 2019-ongoing