Race, Racism, and Health

Kristin Brig-Ortiz

by Marian Robbins • March 2, 2021

Kristin received a BA in history in 2015 as well as an MA in history in 2017 from the College of Charleston. Her past research has explored the history of smallpox vaccination in the nineteenth-century British Empire with a particular interest in how vaccine production, distribution, and implementation affected relationships at local, colonial, and global […]


Judith Vick

by pendari • September 17, 2018

Judith Vick is a medical student, researcher, writer, and family caregiver. In 2018, she graduated with an MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in 2019, she will graduate with an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to matriculating at Hopkins, she worked for the Writing and Speaking Programs at […]


Kevin Shird

by pendari • September 7, 2018

Kevin Shird is a three-time published author, activist and public speaker. This sought-after writer has become the content-expert on using the past to build a better future based on his life experiences. At the tender age of 16, Shird began his very unorthodox journey and it started with dealer drugs on the streets of Baltimore […]


Alexandre White, Associate Director

by pendari • September 7, 2018

Alexandre White is a Provost’s Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Boston University, an MSc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Black Studies from Amherst College. His work sits at the intersection of global health research, medical […]


Mary Catherine Beach

by pendari • September 7, 2018

Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Beach is a Core Faculty Member of the Berman Bioethics Institute and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Dr. Beach received her […]

Graham Mooney

by pendari • May 17, 2018

I am interested in the history of public health interventions and the relationship between public health policies and population health outcomes. My publications encompass a diverse range of topics from sex differentials in mortality to the health-related aspects of urban governance. My recent book, Instrusive Interventions: Public Health, Domestic Space, and Infectious Disease Surveillance in […]

Judah Adashi

by pendari • March 26, 2018

The music of composer Judah Adashi is guided by a belief that the creation and performance of new music can bear witness to injustice, create space for empathy, and serve as a call to action. Dr. Adashi’s compositions are grounded in the classical tradition and imbued with soul and pop influences ranging from Nina Simone […]

Tom Özden-Schilling

Tom Özden-Schilling

by pendari • January 24, 2018

Tom Özden-Schilling is an assistant professor of Department of Anthropology. He received his Ph.D from the MIT Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) in 2016. Tom’s work investigates how expert institutions in rural communities in North America conceptualize social continuity and change during times of disruption and uncertainty. His current book […]

Morgan Shahan

by pendari • January 24, 2018

Morgan Shahan is a PhD candidate in 20th Century U.S. history at Johns Hopkins University. As a social and cultural historian, she is broadly interested in the intersection of social movements, race and racism, and the carceral state. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “Managing Deviancy: Parole, Prediction, and Carceral Development, 1895-1939,” concerns the development and evolution […]

Sam Scharff

by pendari • November 28, 2017

I am currently working as an MD PhD student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where I am developing my skills as a clinician, researcher, and educator. After completing my PhD dissertation, I will return for my final year of medical school and will apply to clinical residency programs. My research focuses on the […]