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Racism is a multifaceted, interconnected, and fundamental cause of racialized health inequities. As such, racism impacts who gets sick, who dies, and who is able to live healthy. In this talk Dr. Pirtle will overview interventions of her empirical research, informed by critical race theory, that utilizes multidimensional measures of race and skin color, and structural measures of racism, to explore health outcomes for Black, Latinx, and other populations of color. The talk demonstrates that using theoretically informed measures of race and racism help us refine our understanding of racialized health associations and clarifies mechanisms of structural racism that shape contemporary racialized health inequities. Collectively, the discussion helps think through equitable interventions that can facilitate better health for more of us.
Dr. Whitney Pirtle is an Associate Professor of Sociology and MacArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Merced, where she also directs the Sociology of Health and Equity (SHE) Lab. Dr. Pirtle is a sociologist with interdisciplinary and subject area expertise in race and racism; health disparities and health equity; social problems and social justice; Black feminist sociology and praxis; and mixed methodologies. Recent research includes writing on Covid-19 pandemic inequities, institutional anti-Blackness, and in 2021 she co-edited Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis with Zakiya Luna.

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March 20, 2024
12:00pm - 1:30pm


2111 Bancroft Way, #104


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Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
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