Medical Sociology PhD student, Department of Sociology at the University of Miami

Medical Sociology PhD student, Department of Sociology at the University of Miami

Shameka Poetry Thomas

Shameka Poetry Thomas, M.A. is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow and PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami. Shameka concentrates in Medical Sociology, Race Relations, and Maternal / Reproductive Health. Shameka’s recent publication, “Alternative Prenatal Care Interventions to Alleviate Black-White Maternal / Infant Health Disparities” argues for using sociological theories toward a deeper understanding of adverse outcomes in maternal health. Currently, Shameka is working on a research project, drawing on a reproductive justice framework, to examine pregnancy and birthing outcomes in jails and prisons. Shameka’s dissertation seeks to investigate the experiences of women’s pregnancies in major metropolitan U.S. cities, in attempts to figure out the underlining health narratives behind the statistical data.  Shameka is a native of Miami, Florida who has participated on international research projects in Cuba, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Shameka was also a sociological fellow at the University of California‐Berkeley and is an alumna of Spelman College cum laude, where she won the scholar‐activism award in Sociology and Anthropology.

Read Shameka's research, “Alternative Prenatal Care Interventions to Alleviate Black/White Maternal and Infant Health Disparities.”  in the Sociology Compass here:  https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12549.