2021 Dean’s Seminar Series #1: To Race with the World: John Henryism and the Health of Black Americans

March 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
College of Health and Human Services

Speaker: Sherman James, PhD
Susan B. King Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Policy
Professor Emeritus in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Core Member of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research
Stanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

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Abstract:  In this presentation, I will discuss the historical and scientific origins of the John Henryism hypothesis; critically review findings from major tests of the hypothesis; comment on future research needs; and conclude with some thoughts on how John Henryism research can inform social and economic policies that include promoting racial health equity among the objectives.

Sherman A. James is the Susan B. King Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. He also held professorships in Sociology, Community and Family Medicine, and African and African American Studies at Duke. Prior to Duke, he taught in the epidemiology departments at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1973-89) and at the University of Michigan (1989-03). At Michigan, he was the John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health, the Founding Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH), Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, and a Senior Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research.

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