Emmanuella Asabor

How might an understanding of structural violence inform interventions that ameliorate the disproportionate burden of illness on Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color in the U.S.? How does moving beyond race, class, and geography as inherent risk factors, to an understanding of racism, classism, and segregation, allow for more accurate disease modeling and illuminate points of intervention within the health care system and beyond?

In her doctoral studies, Emmanuella has conducted research on HIV prevention in rural South Africa, tuberculosis disparities in the U.S., and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous police violence. Her current research focuses on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on structurally marginalized communities. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Emmanuella hopes to use social theory to bring a critical perspective to epidemiology.

As a Nigerian immigrant who has called New York City home since early childhood, and contended with homelessness among other dimensions of urban poverty, Emmanuella has seen firsthand the impact of social factors on the illness experience. As both a physician and scholar in training, she seeks to center structurally marginalized communities through mixed methodology research.


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