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Public Health Program

Sonja Mackenzie

Sonja Mackenzie

Associate Professor

My current research focuses on intersections of gender, sexuality, and racism with health in the United States. I am Principal Investigator on a 5-year NIMH K01 Award investigating the cultural and relationship context of HIV among bisexual Black men and their female partners, and am conducting a two-year study of police violence as a public health issue. As a SCU Bannan Institute Scholar on Gender Justice from 2016-2018, I will be conducting research on gender and kinship among children in LGBTQ Families. My book, Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic was published in 2013 by Rutgers University Press as part of their Series in Critical Issues in Health and Medicine.


PHSC 131        Community Health

PHSC 190        Senior Capstone (Gender, Sexuality and Health; Violence, Inequality and Health)


2016   Mackenzie S. Talking about Orlando with our Children: A Call to Action for LGBTQ Families. Daily Kos, June 18, 2016

2016   Mackenzie S. When Kids Ask About Hate, Show Them Love. The Advocate. June 21, 2016.

2016   Mackenzie S, Rubin E, Gomez C. ‘Prison is one place you don’t want your sexuality:’ Sexuality, desire and survival among incarcerated bisexual Black men in the United States. Champ Penal (forthcoming, October 2016).

2013   Mackenzie S. Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic. Rutgers University Press. June 2013.

2012   Mackenzie S, Pearson C, Frye V, Gómez CA, Latka MH, Purcell DW, Knowlton AR, Metsch LR, Tobin KE, Valverde EE, Knight KR. Agents of Change: Peer Mentoring as HIV Prevention among HIV-Positive Injection Drug Users. Substance Use and Misuse. 47(5): 522-534.

2011   Mackenzie S. Dissecting the Social Body: Social Inequality through AIDS Counter Narratives. Public Understanding of Science. 20(4): 491–505.

2009   Frye V, Fortin, P, Mackenzie S, Purcell D, Edwards LV, Mitchell SG, Valverde E, Garfein R, Metsch L, & Latka MH. Managing identity impacts associated with disclosure of HIV status: a qualitative investigation. AIDS Care. 21(8): 1071-1078.

2007   Mizuno Y, Purcell DP, Mackenzie S, Tobin K, Wunch T, Arnsten JH, Metsch LR. Acceptability of A-CASI by HIV-Positive IDUs in a Multisite, Randomized, Controlled Trial of Behavioral Intervention (INSPIRE). Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. 46(S2): S48-S54.

2007   Mitchell SG, Edwards LV, Mackenzie S, Knowlton A, Valverde E, Arnsten JH, Santibanez S, Latka MH, Mizuno Y. Participants' Descriptions of Social Support Within a Multisite Intervention for HIV-Seropositive Injection Drug Users (INSPIRE). Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. 46(S2): S55-S63.  

2007   Neuhauser L, Richardson D, Mackenzie S, Minkler M. Advancing transdisciplinary and translational research practice: Issues and models of doctoral education in public health. Journal of Research Practice. 3(2): Article M19.

2006   Latka MH, Metsch LR, Mizuno Y, Tobin K, Mackenzie S, Arnsten JH, Gourevitch MN.  Unprotected sex among HIV-positive injection drug using women and their serodiscordant male partners: Role of personal and partner influences.  Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. 42(2):222-8.

2002   Mackenzie S. What are young women’s HIV prevention needs? UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies Factsheet.

2000   Mackenzie S. Scientific Silence: AIDS and African Americans in the Medical Literature. American Journal of Public Health. 90(7): 1145-1146.

1997   Hansen E, Mackenzie S, Booth K, Dawson Rose C. National Women and HIV Policy Agenda. Women’s AIDS Network.

Valeriote Goldman Symposium: Public Health & Social Justice