Education Doctor of Science, Harvard School of Public Health BS in Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
John Quattrochi is a quantitative social scientist and an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Simmons College. His teaching and research are motivated by questions such as, “Why do people in some parts of the world die so much younger, fall ill so much more often, and earn so much less money than people in other parts of the world? Is there anything we should or can do about it?”
To answer these and other questions, Quattrochi uses theory and methods from epidemiology, economics, demography, and political science. Much of his work focuses on one particular part of the world to better understand the local politics, culture, and economy and build strong relationships with local scientists, policymakers, and activists. He focuses on the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because it is relatively understudied. Quattrochi is a research fellow with the International Center for Advanced Research and Training at Panzi Hospital and the Evangelical University in Africa. He also often works with the Catholic University of Bukavu.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, Quattrochi studied ecology and evolutionary biology for one year at the University of Naples (Italy) Federico II as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Seeking practical research experience, he managed an aquatic ecology lab at Florida International University, looking at how food webs respond to human impacts. Then, wanting to apply ecology to global health, he spent a year studying malaria mosquito ecology at the Uganda Virus Research Institute as a Fulbright Fellow. Quattrochi completed his doctoral training at Harvard School of Public Health. He wrote his dissertation on child mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa, during which time he lived for six months in The Gambia. He then lived in Bukavu (DRC) for a year as a research fellow in development economics for Wageningen University (Netherlands). Along the way, he worked as a community organizer, waiter, sandwich-maker, barista, landscaper, newspaper deliverer, camp counselor, and tutor.
Quattrochi is currently researching the eastern DRC, studying gender-based violence, security, and female empowerment as well as humanitarian assistance to build resilience. He is committed to building research capacity in partnership with local organizations while pursuing a research agenda that draws generalizable lessons from locally tailored studies of the relationships among illness, poverty, and human security.