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Grand Rounds Lecture

Dining at the Coon Chicken Inn: Why do racist restaurants matter for public health?

February 6 | 4pm - 5:30pm | Room 708


Naa Oyo A. Kwate, PhD

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Human Ecology, Rutgers University

A psychologist by training, Dr. Kwate has wide ranging interests in racial inequality and African American health. Her research has centered primarily on the ways in which urban built environments reflect racial inequalities in the United States, and how racism directly and indirectly affects African American health. Much of her work has been in New York City, where she has studied topics including the disproportionate density of fast food in Black neighborhoods, outdoor alcohol advertising in Harlem and effects on Black women's alcohol consumption, and a racism “countermarketing” health intervention. Kwate's research has been supported by funders including the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is currently working on a book project tracing fast food’s relationship to African American communities, and a second short monograph entitled The Spice of Racism: Anti-Blackness in Restaurant Branding will be published in early 2019 by the University of Minnesota Press.


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