Araceli Alonso

Position title: Director of the UW UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace


Phone: (608) 263-5459

3323 Sterling Hall; 4285Q Nancy Nicholas Hall

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Personal websites:
Health by Motorbike

My teaching and research-to-practice passions include local and global work on women’s health and human rights. At UW-Madison, I am the Director of the UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace. I am also a faculty member at the School of Medicine and Public Health and a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. The application of knowledge on women’s health and rights inspired me to create the United Nations Award Winning Initiative Health by Motorbike (HbM) that provides a cultural and geographical sensitive model of integral health promotion and disease prevention for women and girls living in remote and isolated communities of southeast Kenya. At UW, I am leading a new and more comprehensive version of HbM called Health by All Means (HbaM) that works with women’s health and rights in isolated communities all over the world. I am also the Director of Gender, Health and Clinical Practice of the 4W-UW-Madison initiative STREETS (Social Transformation to end the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children). I have worked on Human Trafficking issues—research, teaching, and advocacy—and to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls for the last twenty years in the United States, Spain, Morocco, Nigeria, Cuba, Uganda and Kenya.

Gen&WS103 Gender, Women, Bodies and Health
Gen&WS535 Global Women’s Health and Human Rights
Gen&WS533 Gender and Health in the Context of Human Trafficking and Migration
Gen&WS661 International Internship

Selected Publications:


Health by All Means: Women Turning Structural Violence into Health and Wellbeing. Philosophy and Theory of Global Health Practices, Deep Education Press, June 2019.

The Time is Now: Feminist Leadership in the New Era (ed.) Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender, Paris Headquarters. E-Book July 2019. ISBN 978-950-9379-50.

Out of Havana: Memoirs on Ordinary life in Cuba, Deep University Press: Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, April 2014.


Using the Arts to Spread Health, Peace and Community Wellbeing in Rural Kenya, in Philosophy for Peace and Creativity, Araucaria, Iberoamerican Journal of Philosophy, Politics, Humanities and International Relations, in press August 2020.

The Construction of Silence Through the Narratives of Nigerian Women Crossing Europe via the Western Mediterranean Route. UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace, Working Paper Series, University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 2020.

¿Pueden hablar las “víctimas” de trata? Una etnografía multisituada sobre la construcción del silencio y su confrontación en la trata nigeriana con fines de explotación sexual (Can “victims” of trafficking speak? A Multi-situated ethnography on the construction of silence and its confrontation in trafficking for sexual exploitation). Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology (ISSN 1695-9752, EISSN 1578-9705), August 2019.

Lifelong Wellbeing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking: Collaborative Perspectives from Survivors, Researchers and Service Providers. Collaboration, Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence, University of Rhode Island, 2018

Baseline Assessment: Data Collection and Analysis of Women Escort Advertisements Posted on in Madison, UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace, Research Working Paper Series, April 2018.

Gender and Community Wellbeing: Women Reversing Global Health Challenges and Gender Inequalities in Foundations of Global Health Practice, Lori DiPrete Brown ISBN13: 978-1-118-50556-4 Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, November 2017.

A Qualitative Study Exploring How Family Planning Beliefs and Attitudes Contribute to Family Planning Behavior in Rural, Southeastern Kenya: Application of the Social Ecological Model, Special Issue of Women’s Health, World Medical and Health Policy Journal, November 2016.

Wisconsin Protocol on Human Trafficking, (co-author) Office of Justice Assistance, Madison-Wisconsin, 2012.

Wisconsin Human Trafficking Committee (co-author), Hidden in Plain Sight: A Baseline Survey of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin, Department of Justice, Wisconsin, February 2008.

De víctima a culpable: discursos de victimización en el trabajo sexual femenino en Cuba (From Victim to Criminal: Discourses of Victimization in the Female Sex Work in Cuba). MUGAK Centro de Estudios y Documentación sobre Racismo y Xenophobia, n. 43, June 2008, Spain.

Selected Awards

2019 Woman Leader in Global Health-Midwest Chapter Women for Global Health

Distinguished Prefix Award 2018 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching 2018 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Global Citizen Award 2016, United Nations Association of Dane County

Academic Mid-Career Award 2016 Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in Global Health by the Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of Geneva, 2014

United Nations Public Service Award for Category 5—“Promoting Gender Responsive Delivery of Public Services.” Best Health Initiative for Gender, Health and Sustainable Development.  United Nations, June 2013

Wisconsin Without Borders Award for Global Engaged Scholarship, May 2013

Jefferson Award for Public Service. American Institute for Public Service, (considered the “Nobel Prize for Community and Public Service,” June 2013

  • Cover of Out of Havana by Araceli Alonso
    Alonso, A. Out of Havana: Memoirs of Ordinary Life in Cuba . Deep Education Press, 2014.

    Out of Havana is a first-person narrative and creative non-fiction memoir that uncovers fifty years of Marxism through a myriad of human relations tangled with shocking historical events as lived by four generations of Cuban women.

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  • Cover of Health by All Means by Araceli Alonso
    Alonso, A., and T. Langle de Paz. Health by All Means: Women Turning Structural Violence into Peace and Wellbeing. Deep Education Press, 2019.

    Health by All Means documents the transformation of a community with, for, and by women who experience gender-based structural violence. It can be experienced as a story, a philosophy lesson, a walk with a treasured friend, and, at times, a song, and much dancing.

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