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Sherman A. James

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136 Sanford Institute Bldg., Box 90245
Durham, NC 27708
919-613-7313 (office)
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Education

Ph.D.Washington University1973
Bachelor of ArtsTalladega College, Talladega, AL1964
Areas of Research

Social Determinants of US Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Status and Health Care; Poverty and Global Health Disparities

Areas of Interest

Social Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities
Childhood Poverty and Health in Adulthood
Academic-Community partnerships to reduce racial/ethnic health disparities
Public Policy approaches to reducing health disparities

Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
Susan B. King Emeritus Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, June 30, 2014 - present
Faculty Affiliate, Population Research Institute, 2010 - 2014
Susan Bennett King Professor of Public Policy, 2003 - 2014
Professor of Sociology, Community and Family Medicine, and African and African American Studies, 2003 - 2014
Social Science Research Institute, Duke University
Faculty Associate, Center for Research on Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences, 2004 - 2014
University of Michigan
John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health (Social Epidemiology), School of Public Health, 1998 - 2003
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research, July 01, 1989 - June 30, 2003
School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Founding Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, 1998-2003
The University of Michigan
Faculty Associate, Center for Afro-American and African Studies, 1997-2003
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health, 1993-1997
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, 1989 - 2014
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, 1985-1989
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, 1980-1985
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, 1973-1980
School of Public Health, The University of Michigan
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, 1989-2003
Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan
Senior Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, 1989-2003
University of North Carolina
Research Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, 1985-1989
US Air Force
2nd lieutenant to Captain, 1964-1969
Visiting Positions
Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School, May 22, 2008 - May 23, 2008
Visiting Professor of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Federal University of Bahia, 1986-1987
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
E. Lorraince Baugh Distinguished Lecturer, MGH Institute for Health Professions, Boston MA, October 16, 2017
Wade Hampton Frost Lecture and Award, Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association, October 31, 2016
Mahatma Gandhi Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, May 19, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, January 18, 2016
Keynote Address: The Health of african Americans, Tuskegee University and Centers for Disease Control, April, 2015
Vernberg Distinguished Lecture, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Sol Levine Lectureship on Society and Health, Harvard University School of Public Health, April, 25 2013
John Cassel Memorial Lecturer, Society for Epidemiologic Research, June 29 2012
Commencement Address, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, May 13, 2011
Health Sciences Schools Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address, University of Michigan, January 17, 2011
Ranked top 5% among Professors for quality teaching of Duke undergraduates, Unknown, 2011-2013
Sixth Annual Jean Mills Symposium Keynote Address, East Carolina University, February 5, 2010
Distinguished Visiting Professor in Health Disparities, University of Minnesota, May 22-23, 2008
Michael M. Davis Lecture, University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration, April 9, 2008
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
Who's Who in American Education, 2005-present
Who's Who in Humanities Higher Education, 2005-present
Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2004-present
Who's Who in America, 2002-present
Susan B.King Distingushed Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
The 2002 William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2002
Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2002-present
The 2001 Abraham Lilienfeld Teaching Award, Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association, 2001
The 2001 Alonzo S. Yerby Lecture and Award, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2001
Abraham Lilienfeld Outstanding Teaching Award, Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association
Alonzo Yerby Lecture and Award, School of Public Health, Harvard University
Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, October, 2000
The 2000 Thomas A. Pitts Memorial Lectureship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 2000
Member, National Academy of Medicine, the National Academies
Thomas A. Pitts Memorial Lecture, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professorship, School of Public Health, the University of Michigan, 1998-2003
Member, Health Behavior and Prevention Review Committee, NIMH, 1998-1999
The 1998 John C. Cassel Distinguished Lecturer, University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC, 1998
John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health, University of Michigan
The 1993 Roger Allan Moore Distinguished Lecturer On Values of Medicine: Ethical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives, Harvard University, 1993
Roger Allan Moore Distinguished Lescturer on Values and Medicne: Ethical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives, Harvard University School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows, University of Michigan, 1993-1997
Member, National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, NIEHS, 1991-1995
Fellow, American College of Epidemiology, American College of Epidemiology, 1990
Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 1986
Fellow, American Epidemiological Society, 1985
Member, Epidemiology and Disease Control Study Section, National Institutes of Health, 1985-1988
Fellow, Council on Epidemiology, American Heart Association, 1984
Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 1983
5 Year Research Career Development Award, NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, July, 1982
Fellow, Frist Advanced International Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, Helsinki, Finland, July-Aug, 1982
Recipient, NIH Research Career Development Award, National Heart, Lung and Bood Institute, 1982-1987
Pogue Faculty Research Leave Award, 1980-81,9186-87
Member, Epidemiology and Quantitative Services Study Section, National Institute of Mental Health, 1979-1983
Member, Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Soviety, 1976
Member, Health Services Research Study Section, National Center for Health Services Research, 1975-1977
Washington University Fellow, Washington University, 1972-1973
National Institute of Mental Health Fellow, 1970-1971
Air Force Commendation Medal, 1969
Washington University Scholar, Washington University, 1969-1970
Rockefeller Foundation Protestant Fellowship Award, 1963-1964
Buell Gordon Gallagher Award for Scholarship and Service, Talladega College, 1962-1963
Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1962-63,1963-64
Whiton Writing Award, Talladega College, 1961-1962
Class Valedictorian, Butler High School, Hartsville, SC, 1960
DeForest Scholar (G.P.A.>3.5/4.0), Talladega College, 1960-1964
Recent Grant Support

  • The Impact of Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status on Listing for Liver Transplant after Referral, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 2018/07-2020/06.      
Selected Recent Invited Talks

The Strangest of all Encounters: Racial Discrimination in Healthcare, The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, August 14, 2015  
The Health of African Americans: 1915-2015, Co-sponsored by Tuskegee University and the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, April 17, 2015  
Chronic Stress, Social Inequity and Health Impact, Chapel Hill, NC, December 05, 2013  
Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cardiovascular Diseases: The Promise and Perils of John Henryism; The Sol Levine Lecture on Society and Health,, Harvard University School of Public Health, April 25, 2013  
African Americans and the Long Civil Rights Struggle for Equity in Health Care, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton New Jersey, October 11, 2012  
Where Have You Gone, John Henry? Rising Social Inequalities and Health Disparities, June 29, 2012  
Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease: The John Henryism Hypothesis, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey, 2012/03/06  
Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease: The John Henryism Hypothesis, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA, 2012/13/04  
2011 Martin Luther King Commemorative Address, Health Sciences Assembly, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, January 17, 2011  
The Pursuit of Happiness: Social Justice and National Wellbeing, Tulane University School of Public Health, New Orleans LA, May 13, 2011  
US Racial-Ethnic Health Disparities: 21st Century Challenges and Opportuntiies, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis, April 12, 2010  
Race, Stress, and Health: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities, Annual Meeting of the Oregon Public Health Association, April 09, 2010  
Race, Stress, and Health: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities, Sixth Annual Jean Mills Symposium, East Carolina University, February 05, 2010  
After the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Health Legacy of the 1960s Civil Rights Era in a Southern Community, Duke University, December 04, 2009  
Improving Population Health and Reducing Health Disparities in North Carolina, Raleigh, April 24, 2009  
Presidential Address - Epidemiology and Societal Health: A Retrospective-Prospective View, Society for Epidemiologic Research, June 24, 2008  
US Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Heath and Healthcare: Where Should We Go From Here?, University of MN, May 23, 2008  
US Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Heath and Healthcare: Where Should We Go From Here?, Minneapolis, MN, May 23, 2008  
US Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Heath and Healthcare: Where Should We Go From Here?, University of Chicago, April 09, 2008  
US Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Heath and Healthcare: Where Should We Go From Here?, St. Louis University, March 28, 2008  
Preserving the Past and Preparing for the Future: The Centrality of Education in the African American Experience, Hartsville, SC, May 24, 2007  
Where Have You Gone, John Henry?, Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston, SC, 2006/10/16  
A Saude dos Negros nos Estados Unidos: Alguns Pensamentos a respeito das Causas Fundamentais e as Implicacoes para Politica da Populacao dos EEUU, The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 16, 2005  
Lifecourse Socioeconomic Position and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in African Americans: The Pitt County Study, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, March 11, 2005  
Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease in African American Men, Keynote Address: The Second Annual Maya Angelou Research Center Conference on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, September 8, 2005  
Socioeconomic Disadvantage, Social Mobility, and Risk for Hypertension in African American Men: The Pitt County Study, The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18, 2005  
Lifecourse Socioeconomic Position and Hypertension Risk in African American Men: The Pitt County Study, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, December 1, 2004  
Social Determinants of Health: Assembling Pieces of the Puzzle, The William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Address: Minority Health Conference, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, March 1, 2002  
John Henryism: Compromised Autonomy and Impaired Health among Minorities, The Thomas Pitts Memorial Lecture, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, September 15, 2000  
Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Intervening on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, The Alonzo S. Yerby Lecture and Award. School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 12, 2000  
Behavioral Correlates of Diabetes and Hypertension in African-Americans: The Pitt County Study, Grand Rounds, School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, April 22, 1999  
Hypertension in African Americans: The Social Context of Risk, The John C. Cassel Distinguished Lecture, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill, NC, January 20, 1999  
Race, Ethnicity, and the Health of the Public: The Changing Landscape, Learning in Retirement Society, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI, February 11, 1999  
Ethnicity, Culture and Health: Charting a Multicultural Research Agenda, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ, November 2, 1998  
Race and Health: Rethinking the Association, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY, November 17, 1998  
Through the Looking Glass: Speculations on the Future Health Research Agenda on U.S. Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Keynote Address. Minority Health Research Institute, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill, NC, July 12, 1998  
Hypertension in African Americans: Selected Findings from the Pitt County, NC Study, Community Grand Rounds, Department of Family Medicine, East Carolina Medical School, Greenville, NC, March 20, 1997  
John Henryism, Economic Distress, and Hypertension in African Americans, the 75th Anniversary Symposium, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 29, 1997  
Primordial Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in African Americans: Exploring the Linkages between Biobehavioral and Socioenvironmental Risk Factors, An International Symposium on Cardiovascular Disease in Honor of Henry Blackburn, M.S., School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, May 3, 1996  
Socioeconomic Stress and Hypertension in African Americans, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY, March 6, 1996  
Stress, John Henryism and Blood Pressure Changes in African Americans: The Pitt County (NC) Study, Department of Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, April 24, 1995  
Addressing the Public Health Needs of a Diverse America, Keynote Address: The Eighth Annual Minority Health Confernece, School of Public health, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 19, 1994  
Race as a Variable in Epidemiologic Research, Keynote Address: National Heart, Lung and Blood Symposium on Atherosclerosis Risk in African Americans, School of Public Health, The University of North Carolina, Cbape Hill, September 22, 1994  
John Henryism and the Health of African Americans, The Roger Allan Moore Distinguished Lecture on Values and Medicine, Harvard University, March 25, 1993  
Public Health and Community, Convocation Address: School of Public health, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, April 30, 1993  
Socioeconomic Status, John Henryism, and Hypertension in Black Americans, Program in Reproductive Epidemiology. Centers of Disease Control, Atlanta, GA, May 6, 1992  
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Low Birth Weight and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors. Keynote Address, the 10th Annual Meeting of the American College of Epidemiology, Atlanta, GA, November 7, 1991  
Social Factors and Cardiovascular Disease in Black Americans, School of Public Health Seminar, The University of California, Berkeley, CA, April 18, 1990  
Socioeconomic Status, Health Behaviors, and Health Status among Blacks, Penn State Conference on Health and Aging, October 23-24, 1989  
Low Socioeconomic Status and Health, Keynote Address, The Second Annual Minority Health Conference, School of Public Health, the University of Michgian, March 26, 1988  
Socioeconomic Status, John Henryism, and Hypertension in Blacks, School of Public Health Seminar, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 10, 1986  
Psychosocial Factors and Hypertension in Blacks: An Update, The First Interdisciplinary Conference on Hypertension in Blacks, Atlanta, GA, June 15, 1985  
Psychosocial Precursors of Hypertension: A Review of the Epidemiological Evidence, International Symposium on Cardiovascular Disease, Convened by the National Heart and Lung and Blood Institute, NIH, Kiawah Island, SC, March 10-11, 1985  
Race and Social Class Differences in Hypertension in the United States, School of Medicine Grant Rounds, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil, July 16, 1984  
Doctoral Theses Directed

Julius Wilder, Socioeconomic Factors and All Cause Mortality among African Americans in Pitt County, NC, (September 01, 2005 - June 11, 2007)  
Sherman Barrington, (2000 - 2006)  
Debbie Barrington, (September 01, 2000 - April 15, 2006)  
Sawsan Abdulhrahim, (August 15, 2001 - August 11, 2005)  
Debbie Barrington, (May 16, 2002 - July 11, 2005)  
Shawn Henderson, (September 01, 2002 - June 24, 2005)  
Peter Thomas, (September 10, 1999 - July 18, 2002)  
Wei He, Family Structure and Child Malnutrition in China: Three Essays, (2013)  
Julius Wilder, Social Factors and All Cause Mortality among African Americans: The Pitt County Study, (2007)  
Debbie Barrington, Socioeconomic Mobility and Reproductive Health in African American Women, (2005)  
Publications (listed separately)

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