Colloquium Seminar on Sociological Issues - Spring 2018

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All Colloquia are held 3:30-5:00 pm
with Reception to follow
unless otherwise noted*. Locations listed below.

Schedule subject to change. 
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Spring 2018 Colloquia

January 25, 2018

Sanyu Mojola
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
Location: TBD, *reception to follow in Randall Hall 212

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. 


March 22, 2018
Master's Colloquium
Location:  TBD


Colin Arnold

Brooke Dinsmore

Daniel Shutt

Alex Sutton

Bailey Troia





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