Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Mienah Sharif

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
University of Washington
Box: 351619


CSDE Research Areas:

  • Health of People and Populations
  • Migration and Settlement
  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

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Mienah Z. Sharif takes a social justice, global and intersectional approach towards examining the nature and determinants of health inequities among racialized and ethnic minoritized groups across the lifecourse. She is especially interested in addressing questions about the influence of structural factors, differential exposure to adverse social conditions and psychosocial factors on indicators of health and wellbeing across various life stages. Her work primarily focuses on racism as the underlying factor driving health inequities. She is currently extending her work on: 1) racism and discrimination to examine religious identity as a form of structural inequality via the racialization of religion, 2) a holistic examination of the health and wellbeing of immigrants and refugees, 3) hyper-incarceration and surveillance as structural determinants of health and 4) amplifying community voices, experiences and accounts of how longstanding social inequities have accentuated the detrimental impacts of COVID-19 among historically marginalized communities through her affiliation with the COVID-19 Taskforce on Racism & Equity. She is also continuing to examine not only the implications of racism on health but also how racism operates within dominant public health concepts, practices and approaches. As a mixed-methods researcher, she prioritizes community-engaged research that aims to guide health and social policies addressing inequities.