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Yolanda Covington-Ward


Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies with a secondary appointment in Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Cultural Anthropology (University of Michigan) and a B.A. in Afro-American Studies (Brown University). Her current research focuses on African (specifically Liberian) immigrant health, examining how the migration process, pre-migration trauma and experiences, and post-migration challenges affect health outcomes such as perceived stress, mental health, and transformations in identity.  She has published a sole-authored book with Duke University Press and has published articles in journals such as The Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, The Journal of Frailty and Aging, and The Journal of Black Studies, among others. She has received a number of prestigious fellowships including the Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and is also a former Fulbright fellow.​ 

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