Leslie Hinkson

Leslie R. Hinkson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.

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Her research focuses on the areas of stratification and inequality, with an emphasis on the role and meaning of race across institutional contexts and its effect on educational, employment, and health outcomes. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Fellows at the University of Michigan. There, her interests focused on racial differences in treatment, prevalence, and control of disease. Her works in process include a project on Black-White differentials in the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of hypertension; the determinants of racial differences in the prevalence of premature birth and low birth weight; the link between prisoner health, prisoner re-entry, and community disease burden; and the role of medical education in influencing doctors’ beliefs about race and ethnicity in medical practice. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Princeton University in 2007, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Society Fellow. Her doctoral dissertation compared middle school students in Department of Defense and civilian schools as a means of illustrating how specific institutional contexts work to either ameliorate or exacerbate racial disparities in educational outcomes. Before completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University, Dr. Hinkson received her M.S. in Urban Policy from the New School where she was a Graduate Fellow at the J.M. Kaplan Center for New York City Affairs. There, she conducted research on education policy, welfare reform and workforce development. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Way of New York City, preparing policy briefs and organizational reviews for non-profit organizations in the fields of children and family services, workforce development, immigrant outreach programs, alternatives to incarceration programs, and community development. As a means of enhancing her academic research, Dr. Hinkson also engages in amateur sleuthing and fiction writing.