For COVID-19 interviews, podcasts, and other media coverage, please go to Professor Krieger’s COVID-19 page:


Krieger N. Invited panelist for: “’Ecosocial Theory, Embodied Truths, and the People’s Health’ book launch” – a panel discussion chaired by Anne Pollock, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London; the other four panelists are: Mauricio Avendano Pabon, (King’s College London and University of Lausanne), Linda Rae Murray (University of Illinois Chicago), Mahasin Mujahid (University of California, Berkeley), and Desi Rodrigues-Lonebear (University of California, Los Angeles). School of Global Affairs at King’s College London, London, UK (hybrid webinar), March 22, 2022.


Krieger N. Invited panelist for: “The High Cost of Racism: Inequality, The Economy, and Public Health” – a panel discussion moderated by Amber Payne, co-editor-in-chief of The Emancipator; the other three panelists are: Dana Peterson (Chief Economist, The Conference Board), Jourdyn Lawerence (FXB Center for Health and Human Rights), and Ted Lee (Senior Advisor, White House American Rescue Plan Implementation Team). The Studio at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA (on-line), March 21, 2022.


Krieger N. Interdisciplinary dialogue with Nancy Krieger about “Ecosocial Theory, Embodied Truths, and The People’s Health” (Oxford University Press, 2021). Moderated by: Jennifer Salerno, MSc, PhD, McMaster University, Canada (North American Regional Councilor, International Epidemiological Association (IEA)); other panelists are: Cesar Victora, PhD, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil (past president of IEA), Henrique Barros, MD, PhD, Institute of Public Health University of Porto, Portugal (past president of the IEA); Ghazelah Dashti, PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia (Early Career Epidemiologist representative for the IEA Western Pacific Region); Llana James, PhD(c), University of Toronto and Black Health Collaborative. Sponsored by the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) (on-line), February 23, 2022 (4:00 to 5:30 pm EST.


Krieger N. Structural racism, white supremacy, and health inequities: the embodied truths sharply exposed by COVID-19 – and require structural remedies. The Berlin Lecture (invited), Humboldt University, Berlin (virtual), December 8, 2021. 

Book launch for “Ecosocial Theory, Embodied Truths, and the People’s Health”

Our first hybrid event took place at the Harvard Pop Center on October 13, 2021, as we “gathered” to celebrate the launch of Nancy Krieger’s latest book, “Ecosocial Theory, Embodied Truths, and the People’s Health.” About a dozen guests sat safely apart in the main conference room, watching (via a screen) the live-streaming event that was taking place upstairs in a smaller conference room. First, each event participant addressed the audience — one in the room at a time so that a mask was not necessary— followed by Nancy Krieger and Professor Evelynn Hammonds (wearing masks) having a conversation about the book and societal issues. A captioned recording of the event is available via our Media Library. You can also visit this page to see photos of the book launch. You can save 30% on book purchase with promo code AMPROMD9.


“Anti-Racism in Public Health Policies and Practice in the U.S.” Panel during a virtual symposium on “Anti-Racism in Public Health Policies, Practice, and Research” during  Tuesday, September 21, 2021: 10:00am to 1:00pm EST. 

On Tuesday, September 21, the FXB Center hosted “Anti-Racism in Public Health Policies, Practice, and Research,” a virtual symposium. One of the FXB Center’s latest core initiatives focuses on unpacking and addressing structural racism and health in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. The goal of the FXB Center is to deepen the knowledge base and fill gaps in content and methodology, while ensuring that research and evidence is responsive to community needs and informs policymaking.

The symposium aimed to launch this initiative and start a series of conversations and research on racism as a determinant of health, as a root cause of health inequalities, and as a health stressor in itself in view of improving data and practice-oriented research and informing policies and practices.

The symposium panel with Dr. Krieger starts at 1:55:00.

“COVID-19, US health inequities, and the long reach of history.” Wednesday, June 30, 2021: 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST

Professors Evelynn Hammonds (FAS) and Nancy Krieger (HSPH) engaged in a conversation focused on the intertwined sociopolitical and socioeconomic drivers of racialized health inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This talk drew on the professors’ distinct and overlapping expertise in relation to history of science, social epidemiology, and a shared commitment to understanding and addressing societal health inequities from the past to the present. The conversation was moderated by Michael Jeffries, Professor of American Studies & Dean of Academic Affairs, Wellesley College.


UN/EQUAL:  a series on race and inequality in America. Podcast: “Health and housing: Mary Bassett and Nancy Krieger on historical redlining.” Harvard University, June 4, 2021 (20:54 min).

Krieger N. Epidemiology, structural racism, & the two-edged sword of data: structural problems require structural solutions. Invited presentation, 5th Cutter Symposium on “Racism and Epidemiology,” sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan Department of Epidemiology, Boston, MA (virtual), May 14, 2021.
(Suggested Readings) (38:04 – 59:52)

Krieger N. Scientific Racism and Anti-Racism: History and Recent Perspectives. Expert Panel, Community COVID-19 Conversation on Race, Racism, and Research in the Medical Mecca. Center for Community Health Education Research, Inc., Boston, MA, (virtual), January 25, 2021

Book launch for 3rd book in Oxford University Press series edited by Nancy Krieger, focused on “Small Books Big Ideas in Population Health.”

New Book: Breilh J. Critical Epidemiology and the People’s Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

Launch took place on January 21, 2021, and featured Jaime Breilh and also comments from Nancy Krieger (series editor), Charles Brigg, Howard Waitzkin, and Luisa Borrell. (Acces code: %e^WJ94F )

About the Book

Critical Epidemiology and the People’s Health
Jaime Breilh and Series edited by Nancy Krieger
Small Books Big Ideas in Population Health


An indispensable read for all those seeking to address the severe problems of local and global human health and environmental crises

The widespread growth of monopolies and big business has led to a fourth industrial revolution focused on producing fast, living fast, and dying fast for the sole benefit of accelerated profit. Despite unprecedented accumulations of wealth and industry, the world has watched as indicators of income inequality–a partial parameter of social inequity–have increased, while big business, with their nearly unrestricted influence, has increasingly distorted advancements in medical research.

Bold and incisive, Critical Epidemiology and the People’s Health invites readers to the next great paradigm in public health by promoting a progressive, transdisciplinary, intercultural, community-building approach radically divergent from the presiding object-based, empiricist mode of thinking. A concise overview of the Latin American Social Medicine movement, this book introduces the work of leading scientist Jaime Breilh to a global English audience, focusing on key questions such as: What are the real challenges facing critical epidemiology during the current time of immense turmoil and inequity? How can we conduct responsible and sensitive public health research? What role does epidemiology play in addressing the societal ills of both the global North and South? And how can we create a more rigorous, updated, and effective epidemiology?

In addressing these questions, Critical Epidemiology and the People’s Health offers readers a clear-eyed and much-needed perspective on how to overcome Cartesian reductionism with renewed methodological tools to address the rampant growth of injustices harming our global collective health and to subvert the reigning notions of health prevention and promotion.


American Medical Association, Center for Health Equity. Prioritizing Equity: Research and Data for Health Equity. Streamed live on November 19, 2020.

SERiouEPI. 11. The need for theory in Epidemiology – with Dr. Nancy Krieger. A podcast from the Society for Epidemiologic Research. December 14, 2020, 40 minutes.

“This episode features an interview with Dr. Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health and author of Epidemiology and the People’s Health: Theory and Context. Dr. Krieger discusses the importance of using conceptual frameworks to improve people’s health and the role of population-level determinants of health (including social determinants) in population health research.  We discuss a range of topics, including the differences between biomedical and analytics driven approaches to population health research and theory driven research, as well as the importance of descriptive epidemiology.”


A discussion of Epidemiology and the People’s Health with author Dr. Nancy Krieger and host @epiellie

Nancy Krieger, 2019: The US Census and the People’s Health: Public Health Engagement From Enslavement and “Indians Not Taxed” to Census Tracts and Health Equity (1790–2018) American Journal of Public Health 109, 1092_1100,

Podcast: — moderator: Alfredo Morabia (editor of AJPH) & discussants: Margo Anderson (leading historian of the US census) and Nancy Krieger (author of the historical essay re census & public health in this issue of AJPH)

Centers for Disease Control Health Equity Matters Newsletter, Spring 2019


Health Equity Champion Feature:

New Zealand provides a model for dealing with aftermath of violence (Sunday, March 28, 2019)


Jim Crow Laws Are Gone But They’re Still Making Black People Sick – Tonic, Thursday, April 26 2018.


The censorship of seven words by Trump’s CDC could well cost American lives – Op-Ed, NY Daily News, Monday, December 18, 2017. 

Harvard Chan: Big 3 Interview (Wednesday, November 1, 2017)

Jim Crow laws: A contributing factor to more lethal breast cancer among U.S. black women now?

Krieger N. The long reach of Jim Crow: embodying history & the people’s health — the stories bodies tell. Invited presentation for “Slavery & Public Health: Past, Present, and Future – A Symposium at HSPH,” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, May 4, 2017.

Presentation starts at 53:38:


Harvard Chan: This Week in Health Podcast, Tracking police killings and police deaths (Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

Tracking police killings and police deaths

Health Action show (WBAI radio interview, Monday, July 11, 2016): “Police killings as a public health threat”

Filter on Health Action, then select Mon, Jul 11, 2016. Interview starts at 32:15

Mother Jones podcast, Inquiring Minds: Police Involved Killings Are Public Health Data” (February 8, 2016) 

Interview starts at 11:55 –

Harvard Lectures That Last (February 6, 2016):

Radio Boston: “A Public Health Approach to Counting Police-Related Deaths” (WBUR, Monday, January 4, 2016)


Krieger N. Embodying history: epidemiology & the people’s health: an ecosocial perspective.  Virgina S. DeHaan Lecture on Health Promotion and Education. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, October 5, 2015.

“Revisiting Race, Criminal Justice and Health: What Has — and Has Not Changed — in the U.S.” 

“Where all will truly thrive”: closing song for UC Berkeley School of Public Health Commencement Address, given by Nancy Krieger on May 17, 2015 (“Public health, embodied history & social justice: looking forward.” Int J Health Services (in press))



Krieger N. Ecosocial theory of disease distribution: why epidemiologic theory matters. Invited presentation for VIII International Seminar of Public Health and Epidemiology, National University, Bogotá, Colombia, March 4-5, 2013.



Does racial discrimination hurt more than your feelings? – Nancy Krieger, PhD (HSPH), at VicHealth (Melbourne, Australia), 2012.


Excerpt from presentation:

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, Accountability for Equity – Nancy Krieger, PhD (HSPH), at WCSDH meeting (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), 2011


Trailer for “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick” – Nancy Krieger, PhD (HSPH), filmed in 2009.

Advice to the President:  7 Ways to Fight Health Inequities – Nancy Krieger, PhD (HSPH), at HSPH (Boston, MA, USA), 2009.



Krieger N. The science and epidemiology of racism & health in the United States: an ecosocial perspective. Invited presentation: the 10th Annual William T. Small Keynote Lecture for the 29th Annual Minority Health Conference, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC, February 29, 2008.