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Sociology Speaker Series: Dr. Kimberly Huyser

The Department of Sociology invites you to “Understanding the role of social determinants of health in the well-being of Indigenous Peoples in the U.S.” by Dr. Kimberly Huyser, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia.

Feb 10, 2021

"Understanding the role of social determinants of health in the well-being of Indigenous Peoples in the United States"

Indigenous peoples in the United States comprise approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population. Though often treated as one entity for methodological reasons, there is rich heterogeneity in this group, across tribal affiliations, region of residence, but also in lived experiences. This diversity presents unique challenges, but also opportunities for furthering sociological research and theory.

 Dr. Kimberly R. Huyser is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, USA. Dr. Huyser received her BA from Calvin University in 2003 and her Ph.D. – Sociology in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin with an Indigenous Studies Graduate Portfolio and a traineeship from the Population Research Center at UT, Austin. Her scholarship combines medical sociology and the sociology of race and ethnicity. The central intellectual motivation driving her research agenda is to gain a deeper understanding of the social conditions that undermine health, as well as to identify the cultural and social resources leveraged by racial and ethnic groups in order to further their individual and collective health and well-being. Her current and future research contributes to our understanding of the social determinants of health problems faced by Indigenous peoples and it furthers our comprehension of the social mechanisms that undergird population health.

When: Wednesday, February 24th at 2:30pm

For the Zoom link and to register for this event, please email