Charlotte Powley

Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Director of the Bachelor's program in Public Health


  • Barnard College: BA (Gender Studies)
  • Hunter College: Master's in Education (Special Education)
  • Tufts University School of Medicine: Master's in Public Health (EPI/Biostats)
  • Brandeis University: PhD in Social Policy (Children, Youth, and Family Policy)

About Me

Charlotte Powley completed her PhD in Social Policy at The Heller School at Brandeis University. Her focus was in Children, Youth, and Family Policy. Charlotte specifically concentrates on health policies that impact adolescent females. She earned her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2011, majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. After Barnard, she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows and taught at a Title I high school in New York City for over three years. She was a licensed Special Education teacher, teaching Algebra to a wide range of students. Her specialty was differentiating lessons for students with learning disabilities and emotional disturbances. While teaching, she completed a Master’s in Education at Hunter College in New York City, graduating in 2014. Charlotte left teaching in 2015 to pursue her Master’s in Public Health from Tufts Medical School. She graduated with her MPH in 2017 with a major in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

Charlotte has also served as a mentor for the Posse Foundation. She mentored a group of ten undergraduate Brandeis students, supporting them academically and professionally.

Area of Expertise

Charlotte’s current research combines her intersecting interests of public health and adolescent education. She does work in the menstrual hygiene management (MHM) field, looking specifically at U.S. policies that mandate the provision of pads and tampons to students. She focuses on themes of gender equality, bodily integrity and autonomy, student belonging, and students’ sense of identity and voice.

NBC Boston: ‘A Necessity': Bill Would Make Menstrual Products Mandatory at Mass. Schools, Prisons

What I Teach

  • Intro to Public Health (PH101)
  • Health, Illness, and Society (SOCI241)