My research agenda centers on medical sociology, sociology of race and ethnicity, and political sociology. I situate my research in the understanding that racism, homophobia, and transphobia diminish the health of people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals through structural mechanisms of inequality, discrimination, stigmatization, and minority stress.  Theoretically, I argue that the social determinants of health have largely overlooked the impact of politics and policy in health outcomes and that political epidemiology should be prioritized in the study of health.   

 

My overarching goals are to investigate the mechanisms and implications of intersecting modes of social inequality and stratification.  In particular, I am interested in the health of sexual and gender minorities and how racism intersects with homophobia and transphobia to present health inequities for sexual and gender minorities.