Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD is an Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn and Director of Health Policy Research, Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her program of research focuses on structural violence, with an emphasis on occupational health equity and evidence use in policymaking. She is particularly interested in understanding power, influence, and social change. Her research methodology is ethnographic, including photovoice and digital storytelling. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with Filipino migrant seafarers to understand how health inequities are embodied and produced as well as exploring the use of research evidence in the 116th U.S. Congress. Dr. Guillot-Wright is currently working with migrant fishers in the Gulf Coast, studying how social, structural, and political economic factors influence health. She has published on structural violence, including social determinants of health, health policy, migrant health, and racial/ethnic health inequities in international and national journals and received research support from the CDC, Texas Medical Center's Health Policy Institute, the State of Texas - Office of the Governor, Southwest Agriculture 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 TWELVE, is the co-founder of the Health in All Policies Collaborative ACCEs to Assets, is a Board Member of the American Public Health Association, 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.
- Migrant Health
- Precarious Employment
- Structural & Symbolic Violence
- Health Policy and Systems Research,
- Human Rights
- Health Inequities
- Photo-voice & Ethnographic