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Margaret Hicken

About Margaret Hicken

Maggie Hicken is on faculty at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She is trained as a social demographer and social epidemiologist and, more recently completed training in population and statistical genetics through a 5-year K01 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research program focuses on the ways in which cultural and structural racism maintain racial inequities in population health by linking scholarship from the humanities and social science to molecular biology and biological stress pathways. In her current NIH-funded research, she examines the role of historical and contemporary racial surveillance and control on population health through contemporary exposures to pollution. Further, she examines the burden of cultural racism experienced by Black Americans through hypervigilance in everyday life and its impact on the biological stress systems and health.

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