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Madina Agénor, ScD., MPH
Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society, Community Health
Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is the inaugural Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health at Tufts University. Trained as a social epidemiologist, Dr. Agénor investigates health and health care inequities in relation to various dimensions of social inequality – especially sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and gender identity – using an intersectional lens. Specifically, she uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to elucidate the patient-, provider-, and policy-level social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among marginalized U.S. populations, especially sexual minority women and girls, transgender and gender-expansive individuals, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color.
As the Principal Investigator of a K01 career development award from the National Cancer Institute, she is examining how provider- and policy-level factors influence sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among U.S. women. Dr. Agénor's research has been published in leading public health and medical journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Additionally, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses pertaining to reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. and globally and qualitative research methods. Dr. Agénor has also lectured on intersectionality, LGBTQ health, and sexual and reproductive health equity at conferences and academic institutions across the U.S.
Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Agénor was Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD, 2013) in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH, 2008) in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor's degree (AB, magna cum laude with Honors, 2005) in Community Health and Gender Studies from Brown University. She also completed postdoctoral research training in cancer prevention equity as part of the Harvard Educational Program in Cancer Prevention (2013-2015) and a Visiting Faculty Fellowship at the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (2017-2019).
Dr. Agénor is a member of the Women's Health Issues Editorial Board and the Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Editorial Advisory Council, and the Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society Board of Associate Editors. She is also Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine and The Fenway Institute and Director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab at Tufts University.
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