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Danya Keene, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

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Danya Keene, PhD



My research broadly explores how social policies contribute to health inequality, with a particular focus on issues related to housing and place. For example, my prior research has examined how urban revitalization and public housing demolition affect the health of low-income African American communities in Chicago, Atlanta and nationally.

My research has also examined linkages between home foreclosure, mortgage strain and health. I am also interested in social stigma and its relationship to geographic and social inequality. For example, my work has examined negative representations of place or ‘spatial stigma’ as an understudied mechanism that connects places to the health of their residents. In my current work, I am using qualitative interviews and nationally representative data to examine relationships between affordable housing access and type 2 diabetes self-management and control.

I received my PhD in Public Health from the University of Michigan and was an RWJF Health & Society Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Education & Training

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar
    University of Pennsylvania (2013)
  • PhD
    University of Michigan (2009)
  • MAT
    Johns Hopkins University (2001)

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