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John Pothen

Current Status: M2

Graduate Department: TBD

Previous Education: BS in Chemistry, The College of William & Mary;  

Advisor(s): Ellen Idler, PhD;

Hometown: Yorktown, VA


Outside of academics, I enjoy biking, running, and yoga. I also play in a pop, folk, and alternative cover band, and I'm a big fan of the New England Patriots football team. Perhaps more importantly, I am also a faithful covenant missionary (i.e. member) of Renovation Church.


Using Community Capacity to Address Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Atlanta

My broad research interest is the application of the perspective and methods of social science to improve health-intervention efforts. I use research methods that call for partnership with impoverished communities and develop their ability address the underlying social, economic, political, and historical causes of local health issues by working together. Within this process, I investigate community as a social phenomenon, the conditions necessary for collective action, and how structures affect health in impoverished areas.