About

Background

Madina HeadshotDr. Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is the inaugural Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health at Tufts University.

A social epidemiologist by training, Dr. Agénor investigates health inequities in relation to various dimensions of social inequality – especially sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity – using an intersectional lens.

Specifically, she uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to elucidate the patient-, provider-, and policy-level societal determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among marginalized populations, especially sexual minority women and girls, transgender and gender-expansive individuals, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color. The goal of her research is to help inform evidence-based policies, programs, and practices that promote equity in sexual and reproductive health and cancer outcomes.

As the Principal Investigator of a K01 career development award from the National Cancer Institute, she is examining how provider- and policy-level factors influence sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among U.S. women. Dr. Agénor’s research has been published in leading public health and medical peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Public HealthSocial Science & MedicineAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Additionally, she has presented her research findings at conferences across the U.S., including the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, and Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting. Dr. Agénor has been invited to lecture on intersectionality, LGBTQ health, and sexual and reproductive health equity at various academic institutions, including Harvard University, Brandeis University, Barnard College, Haverford College, and San Diego State University.

As an educator, Dr. Agénor has developed and taught undergraduate courses focusing on reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. and globally at Harvard College. She has also taught graduate courses pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and qualitative research methods at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Additionally, she has mentored undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the areas of study design, quantitative and qualitative research methods, cancer screening and prevention, LGBTQ health, sexual and reproductive health, and career development.

Prior to joining the Tufts faculty in 2018, Dr. Agénor was Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree (AB, magna cum laude with Honors) in Community Health and Gender Studies from Brown University. She also completed postdoctoral research training in cancer prevention equity as part of the Harvard Educational Program in Cancer Prevention (2013-2015) and a Visiting Faculty Fellowship at the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (2017-2019).

Dr. Agénor is a member of the Women’s Health Issues Editorial Board, the Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Editorial Advisory Council, and the Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society Board of Associate Editors. She is also Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine and The Fenway Institute and Director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab at Tufts University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intersectionality and health inequities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health
  • Cancer screening and prevention among marginalized groups
  • Multilevel determinants of sexual and reproductive health inequities

Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Educational Program in Cancer Prevention, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2013-2015
  • Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences with concentration in Women, Gender, and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2013
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (AB), magna cum laude with Honors in Community Health and Gender Studies, Brown University, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Candidate, Wellesley College, 2001-2003

Photo credit: Whitney E. Waddell