Race, Racism, and Health

Gregory Smaldone

by Marian Robbins • February 21, 2023

Gregory received his B.S. in Accounting and M.A. in History from SUNY Binghamton. His research studies the intersections of finance capitalism, the experiences of enslaved people in the French Caribbean, and the origins of the French Revolution. Beyond research, Gregory frequently works with non-profit organizations and teaches guest lessons in K-12 classrooms. Contact: gsmaldo2@jhu.edu

Kaytura Felix

by Marian Robbins • February 21, 2023

Kaytura Felix, MD is a Distinguished Scholar in the Department of Health & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work will focus on medical racism and health justice. She self-describes as a spiritual activist who has pursued health justice in a myriad of professional roles for more than twenty-five years. Her most […]

Matthew Kelly

by Marian Robbins • February 21, 2023

Matthew Kelly, PhD, MPH is a medical student whose training and scholarship span the fields of history, bioethics, and the creative arts. He earned his PhD and MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, studying in the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine. Prior to this, he attended Brown University, where […]

Antoine Johnson, Postdoctoral Fellow

by Marian Robbins • February 20, 2023

Dr. Antoine Johnson earned his Ph.D. in the History of Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. His dissertation, “More than Pushing Pills: Black AIDS Activism in the Bay Area, 1981-1996,” explored ways in which Black grassroots organizers confronted HIV/AIDS and structural-medical racism that exposed their communities to infection. His research interests include the […]

Jason Chernesky, Postdoctoral Fellow

by Marian Robbins • February 20, 2023

Jason earned his BA in history from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and his MA in history from Rutgers/NIJT-Newark. He recently earned is PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. As a historian of twentieth-century medicine, healthcare, public health, and environments in the United States, Jason’s research examines race-based health disparities […]

Luis Gonzalez Corro

by Marian Robbins • February 8, 2023

Dr. Luis Gonzalez Corro was born and raised in rural Panama. At the age of 18, he won a full scholarship to study medicine in Havana, Cuba. Subsequently, he completed his residency in New York City in the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine program at Montefiore/Albert Einstein in the Bronx. Luis’ research interests include […]

Heidi Nicholls, Postdoctoral Fellow

by Marian Robbins • September 14, 2022

Dr. Heidi Nicholls is a sociologist of race and U.S. empire. Her book project, Interlocking Erasures: U.S. Empire, Whiteness, and the Terraforming of Politics, demonstrates how racialization reorients politics in ways that reinforce the power of the empire-state. During key periods of settler colonial expansion in Virginia and Hawai’i, settler colonists consistently used Whiteness as a shorthand […]

Tali Ziv

by Marian Robbins • December 10, 2021

Tali Ziv recently graduated with a PhD from the Anthropology department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation explored the contemporary decarceration efforts in Philadelphia, examining the community-based institutional transformation that has shaped the incarceration alternative landscape. She conducted this ethnographic research through a structural analysis of the historical economic and political forces that shaped both […]

Vincenza Mazzeo

Vincenza Mazzeo

by Marian Robbins • August 19, 2021

Vincenza Mazzeo is a PhD Candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University and 2020-2021 Fellow at the Centre for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine.  She holds an H.BA from the University of Toronto and MA from Carleton University. Vincenza’s dissertation uses oral history and women’s alternative media to examine how ideas of gender, race, health, […]

Maya Koretzky

by Marian Robbins • March 2, 2021

Maya Overby Koretzky earned a BA in history from Cornell University in 2013. Maya’s undergraduate work focused on the cultural and intellectual history of late 19th and early 20th century Russia with a particular emphasis on the history of neurobiology. Before coming to Hopkins Maya served as a fellow in the department of bioethics at […]