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Madina Agénor

Visiting Scientist

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


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2013-2015

ScD (social and behavioral sciences; women, gender, and health concentration), Harvard T.H. Chan 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 and girls’ 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 at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Agénor completed doctoral training in social epidemiology as well as postdoctoral training in cancer prevention in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate and address health inequities, especially social inequalities in sexual and reproductive health by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position (SEP), and sexual orientation among women and girls. Under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Krieger, Dr. Agénor completed a mixed-methods dissertation examining cervical cancer screening  disparities among U.S. women by sexual orientation and race/ethnicity in relation to SEP and health care factors. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard Program in Cancer Prevention, she examined sexual orientation disparities in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among U.S. women and girls. Her current research focuses on sexual orientation disparities in HPV vaccination among both female and male U.S. young adults and the social determinants of cervical cancer screening among marginalized populations, including transgender men.  As a member of the 2015 Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Academy, Dr. Agénor is also conducting community-based participatory research with Strong Women Strong Girls in order to promote positive body image and mental health among underserved girls in Boston, MA. She was recently awarded a grant from the American Cancer Society to study the interplay between sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, health and social policies, and HPV vaccination among young adult U.S. women. As a Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, she 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