UNITED STATES

Mojola is currently working on her second book, under contract at University of California Press, tentatively titled “Race, Health and Inequality: Producing an HIV Epidemic in the Shadow of the Capitol.” The puzzle at the heart of the book is why HIV rates are disproportionately high among African Americans in Washington D.C. The city has one of the worst HIV epidemics in the country. This study draws on a combination of life history interviews, archival and survey material to situate study respondents within the larger historical, political and social context of the city examining historical disease epidemics, sexual and drug transmission dynamics, mass incarceration, and city politics. Particular attention is paid to investigating the individual and structural drivers of the disproportionate vulnerability of African Americans to syndemic disease, with a principal focus on the co-occuring HIV, substance abuse and homicide epidemics. More broadly, Mojola uses the case of the D.C. epidemic to examine the production of racial health disparities in the US.  She will be spending her sabbatical year at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin completing the book.