Chandra L. Ford, PhD, MPH, MLIS is Professor of Community Health Sciences and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her work offers conceptual and methodological tools for studying racism as a public health problem. In this episode, Dr. Ford describes how her career journey pivoted unexpectedly as a result of her experiences as an undergraduate student. Issues of interpersonal and institutional racism compelled her to switch focus from nutrition to racism, with particular attention to gender and intersectionality. She discusses her current work in these arenas, and the challenges related to conducting her research in academic settings. Dr. Ford emphasizes the importance of understanding how racism shapes the kinds of questions we ask, the kinds of work we do, and the places where we lend our support. She shares how she addresses issues of racism and inequity, not only in her scholarly work, but as a mentor.
Book Recommendation: Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional