Biography

Anthony Urena is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Columbia University. A Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, Anthony’s research expertise is situated between the Sociology of Health & Illness and Science, Knowledge, & Technology Studies. His substantive areas of research interest are intersectional and encompass race & ethnicity, gender & sexuality, class, and risk. Anthony is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, with particular specialization in semi-structured interviews, participant-observation and ethnography, as well as survey administration and analysis. 

Anthony's research has been generously supported by fellowships, scholarships, and grants from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Social Science Research Council, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Anthony was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by parents from the Dominican Republic. He holds a B.A. in both Sociology and Human Biology from Brown University. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, he volunteered at several HIV/AIDS NGOs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to produce a comparative ethnography detailing the persistence of the epidemic in the city’s metropolitan and slum neighborhoods. At Columbia, Anthony has complimented his scholarship with a deep commitment to teaching and mentorship through his service as a Graduate Student Mentor and Instructor for the Columbia Summer Research Program, Preceptor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, as well as Teaching Fellow for various introductory and advanced courses in Sociology. He most recently served as a Kluge Fellowship Summer Fellow and Graduate Student Mentor with the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program.

Anthony is currently a Woodrow Wilson MMUF Dissertation Fellow and will receive his Ph.D. in May 2020.