Alicia R. Riley: "How To Tell a True Story About COVID-19 Inequities"

Hybrid: In Person, 402 Social Sciences Building & via Zoom

Telling a true story about COVID-19 inequities is harder than you might think. Professor Riley will share examples from her research to demonstrate how different data leads to stories about COVID-19 inequities; and how the stories we tell about COVID-19 inequities, in turn, shape what we do about them.


Alicia Riley is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Core Faculty in Global and Community Health at University of California, Santa Cruz. She studies the health effects of structural inequity, with a particular focus on their modifiability through policy and other types of social change. Her research explores dynamics in mortality, COVID-19, and cognitive aging. Professor Riley completed her postdoctoral training at UCSF, her PhD and MA in Sociology at University of Chicago, her MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and her MA in Latin American Studies and BA in Human Biology at Stanford University. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, she worked in community health in non-profit and government settings.