Embodying Social Injustice: Why Past and Present Structural Racism Matters for Health and Justice Today
Nancy Krieger, PhD, will discuss how health inequities in the US today reflect how people biologically embody structural injustice, both past and present. Challenging the dominant view that the only inheritance that matters for health is genetic, she will consider the ongoing health impacts of the socially inherited histories of Jim Crow and racialized economic segregation. Using ecosocial theory, which considers who and what drive societal patterns of disease distribution, Krieger will explore why thinking historically matters for challenging structural injustices and advancing health equity today.
Krieger is an internationally renowned social epidemiologist with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and history of public health, combined with decades of experience as an activist at the intersections of social justice, health equity, and science.
A reception will follow the talk.
This event is sponsored by the Yale College Global Health Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program and Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. Co-sponsors include: Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration; Yale Sociology Department; Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases Department, YSPH; Yale School of Nursing; Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy, YLS; Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, YSPH; Equity Research and Innovation Center, YSM