Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

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Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Departments of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Epidemiology and Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity at Brown University School of Public Health. She also serves on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and is Co-Lead of the Reproductive Justice Collaborative at Brown. Dr. Agénor's research focuses on three main areas: 1) structural and social determinants of health inequities, including the impact of health policies and state laws related to structural racism, sexism, and heterosexism on health and health care outcomes among racialized, gendered, and sexual minoritized groups; 2) experiences of and resistance to  racism, sexism, heterosexism, and cisgenderism in sexual and reproductive health care settings among mutliply marginalized groups, especially Black and other LGBTQ+ people of color; and 3) historical determinants of reproductive injustices and reproductive justice activism among Black women across the Diaspora. Through her interdisciplinary work, Dr. Agénor seeks to elucidate how structural, social, and historical inequities undermine the health of marginalized social groups at diverse intersections of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity and how multiply marginalized populations, especially Black women and LGBTQ+ people of color, have and continue to resist these inequities and promote the health and well-being of their communities through collective action. Dr. Agénor completed postdoctoral research training in cancer prevention equity at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and was Visiting Research Faculty at the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree (AB) in Community Health and Gender Studies from Brown University. Prior to joining the Brown faculty, she was a Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Department of Community Health at Tufts University. Originally from Martinique and Haiti, she grew up in Washington, D.C.

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