PHS Monday Seminar: Whitney Robinson, PhD- “Re-born: How COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement changed my scholarly life”
February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In this talk, I will reflect on how the past year has accelerated several trends in my work. My work has always centered on social determinants of ethnoracial disparities in health among Black American populations. Starting in the late 2010s, I began a program of research in gynecologic epidemiology that was grounded in Reproductive Justice, Intersectionality, and the Public Health Critical Race Praxis. However, the public health crisis of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak coupled with the increased visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement reshaped my motivations as a scholar, my modes of dissemination, and the substance of my work. Having lived through 2020, I am less patient, more publicly engaged, and more sharply critical as a scholar. I will argue that many of us have been changed in ways that we can harness to improve our scholarship and its positive impacts in the world.