Lauren Textor

My research seeks to understand the social context of health disparities and the ways that health care delivery might be improved for populations that are systematically excluded from meaningful care.  I am interested in the ways that unequal power dynamics affect health of immigrants and refugees, and the ways that authoritative knowledge interacts with divergent cultural models throughout the clinical encounter.

I have conducted qualitative research on the initiation of breastfeeding by immigrant women from Somalia and Mexico in a Southeast Minnesota county hospital. This research explored the intersection of kin networks and the authority of physicians and nurses in the context of the colostrum and the postpartum hospital stay.

I am currently a first-year student MD/PhD candidate at UCLA. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Research interest

Immigrant Health and Health Care, Race and Health, Health Disparities and Interventions, Women’s Health, Physician-Patient Encounters, Social Contexts of Genetics, and Epigenetics.