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Congratulations to our 2021 Social Issues Dissertation Award Winners!


Effua Sosoo


First Place: Psychophysiological and Affective Reactivity to Vicarious Discrimination

Effua Sosoo, Granting University: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Effua E. Sosoo received her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her internship at the Bureau of Prisons. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Her research focuses on the physiological and psychological impacts of racial discrimination on Black individuals. Her clinical interests center on serving and empowering Black and/or incarcerated folx. 

Gabriel Miller

Second Place: The Politics and Policy of HIV/AIDS Incidence and Mortality

Gabriel Miller, Granting University: Texas A&M University

Gabe H. Miller, PhD is a medical sociologist with research and teaching interests in racial health disparities, political and policy determinants of health, LGBT health, critical race theory and racism, and racial and ethnic relations. His recent work has been published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, and Gender in Management: An International Journal.  Dr. Miller's dissertation research examined the political and policy determinants of state-level HIV/AIDS Incidence and Mortality.  

Dr. Miller received a BA in Political Science and Africana Studies and a PhD in Sociology with concentrations in health disparities and race and ethnicity from Texas A&M University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University in the Department of Sociology and the African American Studies Program.


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