Paul C. Hewett is a senior associate based in the Population Council’s Zambia office. Since joining the Council in 1996, Hewett has conducted operations and behavioral research related to HIV risk and prevention, including studies on improving informed consent and self-reporting practices, HIV risk among adolescent girls, and the impact of poverty and education on risk. Hewett leads the Council’s research program on the scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision in Zambia. His work focuses on generating evidence on post-circumcision sexual behavior and condom use, validation of reporting of male circumcision status, assessments of the informed consent process, and adverse events associated with the procedure.
Hewett has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Science Foundation. He has also conducted research on grants from USAID, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and Population Services International. He holds a BA in economics and political science from Rutgers University, and an MA and PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.