How COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement changed my scholarly life

Join UW Population Health Sciences for their Monday, February 8th Seminar featuring Whitney Robinson, PhD ~

Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her PHS Monday Seminar is titled “Re-born: How COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement changed my scholarly life.”


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.

Tune in via Zoom on Monday, February 8th from 12-1pm CST.

  • Zoom Meeting ID: 910 6500 5879

This seminar is co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center.

See the full list of upcoming PHS Monday Seminars here.