Who stays home and who goes to work during a pandemic, and why? How does the health care system interact with people differently based on race, class and gender? This lecture will use theories about inequality from sociology to make sense of unequal experiences for low-income people, people of color and women during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Alissa Cordner
Associate Professor of Sociology and Garrett Fellow

Alissa Cordner is an environmental sociologist who teaches courses on environmental health and justice, the sociology of disasters, medical sociology and research methods. Her research focuses on industrial chemicals, wildfire risk management and public participation in environmental decision-making.

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COVID-19: A Liberal Arts Approach to the Study of a Global Pandemic was created in the spring of 2020 as a special one-credit course for Whitman College’s most newly admitted students, offering them an opportunity to get to know our distinguished faculty and to study a significant event in human history.