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M.A. Sociology, The George Washington University
B.A. Sociology, The George Washington University
gender, reproductive health, human rights, comparative sociology, political sociology, public sociology, qualitative methods
My MA thesis was a content analysis of media discourses surrounding racial disparities in rates of maternal mortality in the United States. Using a sample of digital news articles from 7 news outlets from 2010-2019, I examined how systemic racism was identified as a root cause of disparities in maternal mortality as well as explored how public health issues like maternal health are framed as political issues in mainstream US news media. Currently, I am continuing to work on this project, collecting additional data from 2020-present to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped media discourses around maternal health.
My dissertation will broadly focus on relevant issues in reproductive health through a human rights framework using qualitative methods.
Mary Bernstein, Nancy Naples