Caitlin McMurtry

Assistant Professor, Brown School

In the past, my research has focused on documenting health disparities by race and ethnicity in the United States and experiences of discrimination among Asian Americans. My current research aims to understand how distortions of democratic norms exacerbate health disparities. For example, I study the impact of firearm deregulation policies on violent death, crime, and handgun sales, paying particular attention to how these largely unpopular policies affect firearm homicides among Black Americans. I also examine the relationship between aggressive policing, government distrust, and vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latinx adults in the U.S. Finally, I hope to investigate the ways in which anti-Black racism affects South Asians and may contribute to their higher rates of reporting poor treatment by police, compared to other Asian American groups.

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