The Department of Sociology, Department of History and African and African American Studies will collaborate to host a talk by Whitney N. Laster Pirtle, assistant professor of sociology and McArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Merced. Laster Pirtle will present “Racial Capitalism and Other Intersecting Systems as a Root Cause of COVID-19 Death Gaps” Friday, April 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Laster Pirtle received her BA from Grand Valley State University and earned her MA and PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University. At UC Merced, she has affiliations in the public health and critical race and ethnic studies departments and directs the Sociology of Health and Equity (SHE) Lab. Her research explores issues relating to race, identity, health equity and Black feminist praxis. She recently published a piece in Gender & Society titled “Structural Gendered Racism Revealed in Pandemic Times.” In addition, her co-edited volume Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis is forthcoming with Routledge this spring. She won the 2020 A. Wade Smith Award for teaching, mentoring and service from the Association of Black Sociologists.