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Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, University of Minnesota

Racial Disparities in the 1918 Flu Pandemic in US Cities: What We Know and Why it Matters Today
When Oct 03, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

During the 1918 influenza pandemic, racial mortality disparities in United States cities were notably smaller than one would expect given the extreme mortality inequality of other, non-pandemic years. We provide the first systematic analysis of this phenomenon, proposing and assessing several different possible explanations for relatively smaller disparities in the pandemic. Our analyses support a novel hypothesis that racially distinct life course histories of prior influenza exposure may account for the reduced disparities in 1918. 

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Sociology and the Minnesota Population Center. She specializes in racial inequality in mortality and historical infectious disease and co-leads an ongoing project on COVID-19 mortality in Minnesota. She is also a quantitative methodologist, developing models designed to clarify relationships between micro and macro perspectives on demographic relationships.

Seminar Format

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM- Zoom Registration Link  Registration link will be available approximately one week prior to the seminar.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2022 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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