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Workshop on Data Equity Issues in Quantifying Racism, Race, and Ethnicity

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Efforts to establish the science of social statistics preoccupied itself with developing methods to  situate race variables as causes of social inequality. Yet, efforts to affirm the role of racism as a  sociopolitical condition effectively dethroned social statistics as the superordinate method to  describe racial/ethnic processes. As a result, students of statistics are often blind to how best to  examine systemic racism; and, consequently, students of racism, race, and ethnicity are often  disenchanted with statistics. This workshop will introduce methodological tools to improve the  capacities of quantitative data to identify racial and ethnic inequities. Special attention is paid to  assessments of the sociopolitical conditions that prescribe systemic racism as a social fact. 

About the Speaker  


Dr. Alyasah Sewell (Associate Professor of Sociology at  Emory University)
Dr. Alyasah Ali Sewell (they/them/their) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Emory University and Founder and Executive Director of The Race and Policing Project. A widely-published and renowned medical sociologist and social psychologist, they assess the political economy of race, neighborhoods, and health and advance methods for quantifying systemic racism and the intersected hypermarginalization. Their research has garnered support and recognition from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, among others. In 2016, Planned Parenthood designated them “The Future: Innovator and Visionary Who Will Transform Black Communities.” They received postdoctoral training in Demography from the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania, their Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, and their B.A. summa cum laude in Sociology from the University of Florida.


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