Colloquium - Sanyu Mojola

January 25, 2018

Sanyu A. Mojola is Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research examines how societies produce health and illness. She is especially interested in understanding social processes, mechanisms and patterns of social organization that lead to health inequality related to gender, race/ethnicity, life course stage and socio-economic status. Her past and ongoing work primarily focuses on the HIV/AIDS pandemic as it unfolds in various settings such as Kenya, the United States and South Africa.

Abstract of Talk:
In 2009, the US capital had one of the nation’s worst epidemics; 3.2% of residents were HIV positive, and African Americans were disproportionately affected.  In my presentation, I develop a socio-historical explanation for why African Americans in Washington D.C. were particularly vulnerable to HIV.  The study characterizes the creation and operation of an institutionalized disease risk environment in the city, as well as the distinct mechanisms through which it shaped individual vulnerability to a range of illnesses including HIV.  I will conclude with a discussion of my study's contributions to understanding the persistence of racial health disparities in the U.S. 

Key Speaker/Guest of Event: 
Sanyu Mojola
Affliation/Title of Key Speaker/Guest: 
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
Event Location: 
Robertson Hall Room 258
Date of event: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:30pm