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Liana Richardson

Assistant Professor (AAS)

Health Disparities, Intersectionality, Sociology of Health and Illness, Medical Anthropology, Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

Minor 227A

Dr. Liana Richardson is an interdisciplinary health disparities scholar whose research focuses on the social determinants and consequences of racial and gender inequalities in health within and across generations. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Health & Social Behavior, Annals of Epidemiology, and SSM-Population Health, as well as two edited volumes on maternal and child health. Dr. Richardson’s current research examines the social, spatial, and public policy contexts of racial inequalities in adverse birth outcomes and their long-term health and socioeconomic consequences. She is also conducting research to understand the intersectional effects of race and gender on other stress-related health outcomes throughout the life course. Dr. Richardson earned a PhD in Public Health and a MA in Anthropology from UNC – Chapel Hill, where she subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowships in Demography and Sociology and became a faculty member. She also holds an MPH from Emory and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Richardson spent a decade conducting applied public health research, program evaluations, and policy assessments for federal public health agencies and non-profit organizations.