Race, Criminal Justice Contacts, and Health: Stress-Related Disparities in the Carceral State

McNeil 103
November 28, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
PhD Candidate
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Speaker Biographies: 

I am a PhD candidate in the sociology department and a trainee at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  My research interests include the social determinants of population health inequality, with a particular focus on racial health inequities.  Much of my work assesses how macro-level social inequality “gets under the skin” to produce health disparities across the life course. My dissertation examines how racism-related stress in various domains of social life (in neighborhoods, in contacts with the criminal justice system, and in interpersonal interactions) contributes to racial disparities in biomarkers of health and aging. My research has been published in Social Science and Medicine, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Aging and Health. I was the recipient of the Odum Award for research excellence from the Sociology Department at UNC. I also served as an Associate Editor of Social Forces.