Phoebe Jean-Pierre

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Jean-Pierre is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. Her research centers on health communication, both in how we talk about health and some of the legal questions involved. She is interested in risk/crisis communication, doctor-patient confidentiality, health disparities and immigrant health, privacy and protected health information, social media and health, and ethical and legal issues in health communication. Currently, her research focuses on the health and lived experiences of African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants.  

She holds a PhD from Northwestern University in media, technology, and society (with a focus on health communication), a JD from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Communication and World History. She has lectured in the Northwestern School of Communication in the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, the Master of Science and Health Communication, and in the undergraduate communication program. These classes include: health and social media, changing health behavior, leading creative teams, organizational processes in creative enterprises, patient engagement, human-computer interaction, health literacy, and how interaction works.  

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Practice and Teaching:

  • Health Communication
  • Immigration
  • Health and Social Media
  • Race and Ethnicity

Awards and Honors: 

  • Northwestern University Law and Science Fellow, 2016-2020
  • Northwestern Law Scholars Program, 2016-2017
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Scholar in Law Recipient, 2013-2014
Phoebe Jean-Pierre
BA, University of Pennsylvania, 2013, JD, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 2020, PhD, Northwestern University, 2020