Doctor of Science student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Alen is a Doctor of Science Candidate ('20) in Social & Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a Secondary Field in Critical Media Practice through The Film Study Center.
His research and pedagogy touch on concepts and topics of diet, happiness, work, participation, partnerships and public health history. Alen’s work is best defined by medical humanities to include public health, medical anthropology, civic education, aesthetic philosophy and critical media practice. Over his ten-year research career, Alen has studied, mentored and employed numerous approaches to research, including participatory action research, ethnography, phenomenology, randomized trials, epidemiology and psychometrics, as well as methods more commonly reserved for the fine arts, such as performance, sculpture and video, especially performance-ethnography, video documentation and public practice. Alen also holds extensive experience with program development and evaluation.
Alen is currently a Rose Service Learning Fellow at Harvard Chan. He was formerly a New Civics Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Graduate Student Coordinator for the Cultural & Humanitarian Agents seminar series at the Mahindra Humanities Center, co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Prior to Harvard, Alen received a Bachelors-Master's accelerated degree in Nutrition and Food Science from CUNY Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health. He is also a non-practicing Registered Dietitian.
Alen grew up in Kings Highway, Brooklyn. He arrived to the U.S. under refugee status in 1992 from Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic located in the Caucasus, which inspired his most recent project, i’m the only caucasian here.