Structural racism & the people’s health: history & context matters

On January 30, 2020, USC IIGH hosted Dr. Nancy Krieger for a talk titled “Structural racism & the people’s health: history & context matters”.

Dr. Krieger’s presentation reflected on embodied histories, health inequities, and the people’s health. She offered empirical examples drawn from her research on structural racism and health inequities, in relation to Jim Crow and both past and present residential segregation. Health outcomes addressed include: preterm birth; infant mortality; child mortality; cancer incidence, stage at diagnosis, and mortality; and breast cancer estrogen receptor status.


Nancy Krieger, PhD
Director, Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender and Health
Professor of Social Epidemiology and American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Nancy Krieger is Professor of Social Epidemiology and American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist (PhD, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, 1989), with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and history of public health, plus 30+ years of activism involving social justice, science, and health. She is an ISI highly cited scientist (since 2004; reaffirmed: 2015); the group comprises <0.05% of publishing researchers. Dr. Krieger’s work addresses: (1) conceptual frameworks to understand, analyze, and improve the people’s health, including her ecosocial theory of disease distribution. focused on embodiment and equity; (2) etiologic research on societal determinants of population health and health inequities, including structural racism and other types of adverse discrimination; and (3) methodologic research to improve monitoring of health inequities.


Presentation Recording


Interview with Dr. Nancy Krieger