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Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD

  • Vice-Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Associate Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Research Interests

Social Epidemiology

Medicine

Medical Sociology

Race & Ethnicity

Critical Methodology

Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a dynamic speaker, author, and scholar who serves as a Vice-Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Fellow within The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is appointed in the School of Social Policy and Practice as well as serves as a lecturer in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences within the School of Nursing. Jenkins serves as the director of the Interpreting Attitudes toward Minorities in Medicine (I AM) Research Group.

Recognized as a thought-leader in medicine, Dr. Jenkins was named a 2017 National Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leader in Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care, awarded Dr. Jenkins the highly-competitive New Connections award for early career scholars. After obtaining his bachelor’s from North Carolina Central University and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University focused on medical and legal history, Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology & Law from the University of Florida. Jenkins is also a columnist for the number one African-American health news resource BlackDoctor.org.

This two-time national journalism award winner examines the influence of race, racism, and psychosocial stress within medicine. Dr. Jenkins serves as principal investigator on three currently funded studies that focus on the embodiment of racism among patients living with chronic kidney disease. Legendary rapper and radio personality, Chubb Rock, has teamed up with Dr. Jenkins to explore issues of health equity in a groundbreaking forthcoming documentary featuring celebrities battling chronic diseases. As an author, Jenkins is currently working on the book, Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Racism in Medicine, and serves as co-editor of the forthcoming book Contemporary African America (New York University Press).

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