Race and Inequality Series | Deregulated Disparities: The Political Economy of Racial Health Disparities

PSTC Seminar Room 205, Mencoff Hall

Special Seminar Series on Race and Inequality

Abigail A. Sewell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emory University

Recently, researchers have advocated for bringing perspectives of race and wealth to studies of racial health disparities. Specifically, Sewell takes a new approach to understanding the health effects of recessions by considering the long-reach of deregulation policies on the subprime mortgage market and foreclosures. Pointing to a reconsideration of traditional class-based approaches in studies of race and health, Sewell suggests some basic mechanisms linking the political economy of the mortgage market to ethnoracial disparities in health by status and context. 

Abigail A. Sewell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Emory University. Her work focuses on the political economy of racial health disparities and quantitative methods in race and racism studies. Her work has received support from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology (Minor in Social Science Research Methods) from Indiana University and her B.A. summa cum laude in Sociology (Minor in Women’s Studies) from the University of Florida.