What Madina Agénor is Thinking About Now

CSREA - Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

A core component of CSREA’s mission is supporting the development of cutting-edge, collaborative, intellectual work. “What I Am Thinking About Now” is an informal workshop/seminar series where faculty and advanced students present recently published works and works in progress for early-stage feedback and development. See all of this semester’s WITAN events here.


(Re)Structuring Intersectionality: Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Addressing the Structures that Shape Health Inequities

Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH, CSREA Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Brown University School of Public Health

This exploratory talk will discuss how U.S. state laws that drive discrimination in the employment, education, health care, and criminal legal systems, can be used to measure structural intersectionality and assess its effects on health inequities across and within social groups.

About the Presenter

Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity at Brown University School of Public Health. She is also Director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab at Brown University. As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Agénor investigates health inequities in relation to multiple social inequities, including racism, heterosexism, sexism, and cisgenderism, using an intersectional lens and a mixed-methods research approach.

Specifically, she uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate the structural and social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among marginalized populations at diverse intersections of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. 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 Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University. 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.