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Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhDAssistant Professor
Director of Health Policy Research for the Center for Violence Prevention

Department of Ob/Gyn

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Director of Health Policy Research for the Center for Violence Prevention, University of Texas Medical Branch. Her program of research focuses on structural violence, with a particular emphasis on exploring the use of research evidence in health policymaking. Her research methodology is ethnographic in nature, including photovoice and digital storytelling. She has conducted photo-ethnographic fieldwork with Filipino migrant seafarers in the Gulf of Mexico (2017) to understand how health inequities are embodied and produced through political, economic, and social policies. Her current ethnography (2019) explores the use of research evidence in the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Guillot-Wright has published in international and national journals and received research support from the Texas Medical Center's Health Policy Institute, the State of Texas - Office of the Governor, CDC’s Southwest Agricultural Center, and numerous national Foundations. She was a selected artist for the National Academy of Medicine's Visualize Health Equity gallery and her work has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Texas Monthly, and TIME Magazine. She is the co-founder of the photovoice project, is the co-founder of the Health in All Policies Collaborative ACEs to Assets, is an elected councilor of the American Public Health Association’s Community Health Planning and Policy Development section, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Defense Fund – Texas. Dr. Guillot-Wright has her PhD in the Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, MA in Human Rights from Columbia University, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State.

Research Interests
  • Migrant Health
  • Precarious Employment
  • Structural & Symbolic Violence
  • Health Policy and Systems Research,
  • Human Rights
  • Health Inequities
  • Photo-voice & Ethnographic Methodologies