Social Isolation and Physical Distancing in Time (Boyles, Sangaramoorthy & Finlay)

What effect will social isolation and physical distancing have on already marginalized communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, we talk to three colleagues from a variety of social sciences to understand the different dimensions of social isolation during the pandemic.

Dr. Andrea Boyles is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Social and Behavioral Sciences at Lindenwood University. She studies police-citizen relations, neighborhood disadvantage and disorder, and community reliance and collective action. She is the author of two books: Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort and You Can’t Stop the Revolution:  Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America.

Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She studies care for those living with HIV, care systems for non-citizen immigrants, and local community expertise in understanding social phenomenon. She is the author of two books: Rapid Ethnographic Assessments: A Practical Approach and Toolkit for Collaborate Community Research and Treating AIDS: Politics of Difference, Paradox of Prevention.

Dr. Jessica Finlay is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. She studies geographies of aging, built environments and service provisions, and vulnerability and resilience among marginalized older adults. She is the author of one book The Whole-Body Microbiome: How to harness Microbes Inside and Out for Lifelong Health and  is currently conducting research on the effect of COVID-19 on older adults.

Today’s program host is Sarah Patterson from the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. Sarah is a demographer with articles in The Journal of Marriage and Family, The Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Gender & Society, Socius, and Social Science Research. She is also a host of the New Books Network Sociology 

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