Cristin Kearns

Cristin Kearns is an Assistant Professor in Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).


She first saw the devastating effects of sugar as Dental Director of Inner City Health Center, a low-income clinic in Colorado. She is one of the first academics to rigorously study the influence of the sugar industry on health and policy. Her research has been published in high-impact journals including PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology, JAMA Internal Medicine, Science, and The Lancet. Cristin’ document collection efforts culminated in the launch of the UCSF Food Industry Documents Archive (FIDA), which now contains 400,000 pages of sugar industry-related documents that are digitized and searchable. The FIDA is modeled after the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library, which revolutionized the field of tobacco control by making internal documents accessible to scientists, policymakers, advocates, and the public.


Cristin was named one of the 32 Most Influential Dentists in the US by Incisal Edge Magazine in 2019. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina, and Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado, Denver.