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Jen'nan Read

Associate Professor, Sociology and Global Health
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

265 Soc/Psych Building
(919) 660-5768

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Jen'nan Read


Jen'nan Ghazal Read received her PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University and the University of Texas School of Public Health. She joined Duke University in 2008 as an associate professor of sociology and global health and is currently the Associate Director for Special Initiatives at the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

Read is a Carnegie Scholar whose research focuses how culture and religion shape the assimilation experiences of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, including issues of women's employment, immigrant health, and political integration. She has built on this expertise to include examinations of inequality among other U.S. racial and ethnic groups and among Arabs and Muslims elsewhere in the world. Read is author of Culture, Class and Work among Arab-American Women (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2004) and has published numerous scholarly articles on how race, ethnicity and gender interact to affect immigrant integration across domains of social life. Her work has cited by The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as numerous regional and local media outlets. She has appeared as an expert on numerous national and international shows, such as the Charlie Rose Show, National Public Radio, Al-Jazeera English, and Al-Hurra.


Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
US Health Disparities
Crosslisted as GLHLTH 340

The most commonly used indices to measure United States health disparities by race/ethnicity; origins and evolution of racial/ethnic categories in the United States Census; role of poverty, racial residential segregation, and inadequate health care in explaining racial/ethnic health disparities; and the promise and limitations of academic-community partnerships and public policy initiatives designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate those health disparities.

Course Notes:
Was: SOCIOL 129
UG Only FALL 2017 MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Foundations - Social Determinants
Social Determinants Of U.S. Health Disparities

An introduction to how social factors influence health and well-being, with a particular focus on
contemporary U.S. society. Topics include obesity, aging, socioeconomic disadvantage, access to health
insurance, public health systems, the role of the media, and racial/ethnic and gender inequalities.
The course will provide descriptive assessments of health inequalities and analytic examinations of
the mechanisms through which social factors affect health. Cross listed SOCIOL 361

Course Notes:
Was: GLHLTH 159
UG Only FALL 2016 MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Foundations - Social Determinants


Recent Publications

Reynolds, Megan, Alla Chernenko* and Jen’nan Ghazal Read. "Region of Origin Diversity in Immigrant Health: Moving beyond the Mexican Case." Social Science & Medicine 166: 102-109.

Hussain, Serena and Jen’nan Ghazal Read. "Islamic Schools in the United States and England: Implications for Integration and Social Cohesion." Social Compass 62: 556-569.

Read, Jen'nan Ghazal. "Gender, Religious Identity, and Civic Engagement among Arab Muslims in the United States." Sociology of Religion 76: 30-48

Varughese, Shinu*, Jen'nan Ghazal Read, et al. "Effectiveness of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus Protocol in Enhancing the Function of an Emergency Department in Qatar." European Journal of Emergency Medicine 22: 316-320.