Anthony Urena

Anthony Urena
Areas of Interest: 
Medical Sociology, Health Inequality, Risk, Gender & Sexuality, Race & Ethnicity

Columbia University, M.A, Sociology (2014); 

Brown University, B.A, honors, Sociology (2012); B.A, Human Biology - Health and Disease (2012)

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Biographical Note: 

Anthony is a PhD student in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. His research interests include Health Inequality, Risk, and Gender & Sexuality. His work focuses on the role of risk perceptions in the persistence of health disparities in marginalized communities.

Anthony holds a B.A. in both Sociology and Human Biology from Brown University. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, he produced an ethnography detailing the persistence of HIV/AIDS in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan and slum neighborhoods. His honors thesis in Sociology drew from his experiences volunteering at several Brazilian AIDS NGOs in the evaluation of contemporary prevention and awareness strategies. 

At Columbia, Anthony continues to study the experience of health inequality. His dissertation research explores the formation of illness risk perceptions at the governmental, community, and individual level. Variance in risk perceptions within and across these groups can lead to different illness risk management behavior. An improper consideration of this variance, he argues, can lead incomplete interventions that may not be fully contextualized for the communities that need them most. His work examines the complexity of the HIV/AIDS experience among New York City's MSM of color population and how risk perceptions may vary by age.

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