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CSDE Seminar Series

Population Research Discovery Seminars

Demographic Approaches to Studying Structural Oppression

Patricia Homan, Sociology, Florida State University

Parrington Hall Room 360

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Link to meet with Dr. Homan here on May 10th

12:30-1:30 PM PT

360 Parrington Hall


Population Health Initiative

Emerging lines of research have begun to quantify various forms of structural oppression and examine their impacts on population health. In this talk, Dr. Homan will: 1) provide an overview of current conceptualization and measurement of structural sexism, structural racism, and other forms of structural oppression, 2) present new evidence on how structural sexism shapes life expectancy in the US (from analyses using hazard modeling and multistate lifetables), 3) illustrate how structural sexism and racism are associated with rates of inter-state migration, 4) discuss how demographers can build on this work in future research.

Patricia (Trish) Homan is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Public Health Program at Florida State University. She is also an associate of FSU’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and the Center for Demography and Population Health. Her research focuses on developing theory and measurement for structural sexism, structural racism, and other forms of structural oppression, and examining how these forces shape health in the United States. Her work has been published in American Sociological Review, Demography, American Journal of Public Health, The Milbank Quarterly, Health Affairs, Social Forces, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, The Gerontologist, and The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, among other outlets. Her research has won multiple national awards including the 2022 NIH Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Award, the 2022 Early Career Gender Scholar Award from SWS South, the 2021 ASA Sex & Gender Section Distinguished Article Award, and the 2019 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award from the ASA Medical Sociology Section. Dr. Homan earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University before joining FSU in 2018.