How is COVID-19 impacting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.? This team is going to find out…

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The research project AAPI COVID-19 Project launched by the Harvard Sociology Department in partnership with UNESCO will investigate the increase in racism aimed at Asians in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Harvard Pop Center Associate Director Jason Beckfield is serving as co-principal investigator on the team. Learn more in this piece in The Harvard Gazette.

Special Webinar Event: “Health, the Hidden Violence of the Race”

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Our understanding of the impact of racism and discrimination is too often limited to its consequences on social opportunities (education, job, housing, etc.) and the structural violence faced by people of color. But its articulation with health distribution (health being the possibility of life itself) are sometimes overlooked. This UNESCO webinar will explore from the current pandemic crisis the complex interpenetration between race and health.  Harvard T.H. Chan School Professor…

Harvard University Centers Condemn Recent Police Violence in the United States

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The Center for Population and Development Studies joins other Harvard research centers in the condemnation of the vicious murder of George Floyd and all racist violence perpetrated by law enforcement and others in our society. We strongly endorse the joint statement below from the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University,  Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the International Human Rights Clinic at…

Studies find evidence of systemic racial discrimination across multiple domains in the United States

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Harvard Pop Center faculty member Sara Bleich and her colleagues have published two studies examining experiences of racial discrimination in the United States. One study found substantial black-white disparities in experiences of discrimination in the U.S. spanning multiple domains including health care, employment, and law enforcement, while a separate study found similar discrimination among Latinos in the United States. Given the connection between racial discrimination and poor health outcomes in…

When it comes to hiring, racial discrimination against African-Americans in U.S. holding steady

Despite improvements in racial bias and inequities in certain respects over the last 25 years in the United States, a new meta-analysis indicates that there has been no change in the level of hiring discrimination against African-Americans, while there has been some improvement within the Latino population. Harvard Pop Center faculty member Devah Pager, PhD, is author on a paper published in PNAS. Read more in Northwestern Now.

Nancy Krieger on structural racism & health inequities in US

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Harvard Pop Center faculty member Nancy Krieger, PhD, is an author of this conceptual report published in The Lancet on the role that structural racism (how racial discrimination is fostered through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, media, health care, and criminal justice) plays in racial health inequities.