Courtney D. Cogburn
Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn is an associate professor of social work at Columbia University. Her research explores ways in which understated forms of cultural racism shape ideologies and norms, produce racial inequities in health and, more broadly, restraining social progress. Integrating principles and methodologies across the disciplines of health, psychology, social work and virtual reality, Cogburn aims to influence the thoughts and behaviors of people who are impervious to the ways racism is still being exercised—including by themselves. Prior to Columbia, Dr. Cogburn was a scholar the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia, an MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and a PhD in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Researchers are using technology to make visual the complex concepts of racism, as well as its political and social consequences.