Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
McKnight Presidential Fellow Award
Research Title
New ways to understand racial inequity in disease and death

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Elizabeth Wrigley-Field studies racism and mortality in the United States in two settings: the early twentieth century and the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of her work puts mortality inequities into new perspective with surprising comparisons; for example, she showed that, during the Covid-19 pandemic, white mortality was still not as high as Black mortality has been every year, long before the pandemic. She also helped lead an award-winning community Covid-19 vaccination program (based in Minneapolis’s Seward neighborhood). Her work has been widely covered in national and local media and has won more than a dozen national and international awards.