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CIDR Seminar Series: Sanyu A. Mojola
Start Date: 12/1/2017Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 12/1/2017End Time: 3:00 PM
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Event Description:
The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) presents the next in our 2017/18 series of demography seminars

Sanyu A. Mojola
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

"The Social Production of an HIV Epidemic: The Case of Washington D.C. "

Abstract: In 2009, the US capital had one of the nation’s worst epidemics; 3.2% of residents were HIV positive, and African Americans were disproportionately affected.  In my presentation, I examine why African Americans in Washington D.C. were particularly vulnerable to HIV.  The approach is unique in moving beyond a focus on individual HIV risk behaviors to additionally characterizing the HIV risk environment in D.C., as well as tracing out distinct mechanisms through which it shaped individual HIV vulnerability.  Specifically, I show how classic social structural processes – such as migration, racial residential segregation, concentrated poverty, the illegal drug trade, the associated legislative War on Drugs, and mass incarceration - interacted to produce an HIV risk environment in Washington D.C.  I show how these processes shaped sexual and drug network dynamics in neighborhoods and prisons, and how these in turn shaped individual HIV acquisition and transmission.  The study draws on multiple data sources including primary individual and key informant interview data as well as secondary data to illustrate the case.  I will conclude with a discussion of the broader applicability of my findings to understanding the social structural production of disease vulnerability and the persistence of racial health disparities in the US.

Pre-Seminar: We will meet at 1:00pm to have lunch with the speaker 

Talk will being at 1:30pm

Post-Seminar: CIDR fellows and Demography Certificate students are strongly encouraged to meet with the speaker after the seminar to discuss her work further and consult about graduate school, research, job market, career, etc.

Newman Hall, Room 202
137 East 22nd Street
Non-Baruch ID holders must RSVP in advance to gain access to the building. 
Contact Information:
Name: Michael T. Marino
Phone: 646 660 6813
Dr. Sanyu A. Mojola
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