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RacismLab is a transdisciplinary research collective that brings together doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty to develop innovative theoretical frameworks and empirical approaches to better understand the impact of racism on health and well-being at the University of Michigan. In addition to regular working group meetings, the RacismLab convenes annual campus-wide events on the conceptualization and measurement of race and racism at the Institute for Social Research and participate in writing retreats.
Shanice Battle is a PhD student in the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. She previously worked at the CDC, Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory School of Medicine on various research projects focusing on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, childhood obesity, cardiovascular disease and maternal substance abuse. Her current research focuses on mental health as a predictor of chronic illnesses in black women and the ways social supports or stressors can impact that relationship.
Lindsey Burnside is a PhD student in the Social-Personality area of the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Some of her previous work includes projects linking racial residential segregation to health disparities via epigenomic mechanisms, investigations of racism-related vigilance, and in-group expectations of social affirmation. Her research interests include health equity, racism-related stress, and integrative, person-centered, research methods. The ultimate goal of these interests is understanding how individuals promote the well-being of themselves and their communities in the face of hegemony.
Lewis Miles is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He is primarily interested in racial, gender, and class inequities and inequalities across three distinct but often overlapping spheres: medicine, the environment, and global systems. Miles is a pre-doctoral social demography trainee at the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research. He is also affiliated with the Program for Research on Black Americans and the transdisciplinary RacismLab collective housed by the Social Environment and Health Program.
Maggie Hicken, PhD, is the Director of the RacismLab and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hicken’s work examines the ways in which social forces link racial group membership to the risk of poor health, particularly those conditions related to cardiovascular and renal diseases. Throughout her research, Dr. Hicken grounds her approach to the study of race in the social sciences while integrating the biological sciences to ensure that the mechanisms examined are both socially and biologically plausible.