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Madina Agénor

Research Fellow

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-582-7463

Other Affiliations

Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University


ScD (social and behavioral sciences; women, gender, and health concentration), Harvard School of Public Health, 2013

MPH (sociomedical sciences), Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2008

AB (magna cum laude with honors in community health and gender studies), Brown University, 2005

BA Candidate, Wellesley College, 2001-2003

Research Interests

  • Gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and health
  • Social inequalities in women’s health and health care
  • Cancer screening and prevention among marginalized groups
  • Social and policy determinants of sexual and reproductive health


Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard School of Public Health/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Educational Program in Cancer Prevention. Her research interests pertain to the health and health care of socially and economically marginalized groups of women in historical , social, and policy context. In particular, Dr. Agénor uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate the social determinants of and social inequalities in U.S. women’s access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention services. Her mixed-methods dissertation assessed cervical cancer screening  disparities among U.S. women by sexual orientation and race/ethnicity in relation to socioeconomic position and health care factors. Dr. Agénor’s other research experience includes qualitative studies of welfare reform family cap policies and poor U.S. women’s reproductive health and rights (with Dr. Diana Romero), HIV prevention among U.S. women of color with severe mental illness (with Dr. Pamela Collins), and access to contraception among young adult women in the context of Massachusetts health care reform (with Ibis Reproductive Health). Her current research focuses on sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among adolescent and young adult U.S. women. As a Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, Dr. Agénor developed and teaches undergraduate courses on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. and globally. Born in Martinique, she has lived in England and Haiti and grew up in Washington, DC and Maryland.


Photo Credit: Whitney Waddell