Merlin Chowkwanyun

Area of Study: 
Public Health and History, School of Arts & Science Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests: 
History of public health/health policy, racial inequality, medical education/academic medical centers, health care access, mixed-methods research, immigration
Thomas Sugrue
Dissertation Topic: 
Medical Care and Environmental Health in the Post-1945 U.S.

Merlin Chowkwanyun is a joint Ph.D.-MPH student researching the history of American health policy and inequalities in health care access and health burdens. He is currently researching a dissertation on the history of medical care and environmental health in the United States during the postwar period and writing a separate narrative history of health care activism around New York City academic medical centers during the War on Poverty Era. He has also been working on a series of methodological pieces about racial inequality research. Merlin earned a B.A. in Sociology and History from Columbia University.


Segall, J. and Chowkwanyun, M. (August 2012). “How an Exclusive Los Angeles Suburb Lost Its Whiteness,” The Atlantic: Cities (online)

Segall, J. and Chowkwanyun, M. (August 2012). “The Rise of the Majority-Asian Suburb,” The Atlantic: Cities (online)

Reed, A. and Chowkwanyun, M. (2012). Race, Class, Crisis: The Discourse of Racial Disparity and its Analytical Discontents. Socialist Register, 48(1), 149-175.

Chowkwanyun, M. & Serhan, R. (2011) American Democracy and the Pursuit of Equality: Essays in Honor of Herbert J. Gans (Hardcover ed.) Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Chowkwanyun, M. (2011). The New Left and Public Health: The Health Policy Advisory Center, Community Organizing, and the Big Business of Health. American Journal of Public Health, 101 (2), 238-249.

Chowkwanyun, M. (2011). The Strange Disappearance of History from Racial Health Disparities Research. Du Bois Review, 8 (1), 253-270.

Katz, M., Creighton, M., Amsterdam, D. & Chowkwanyun, M. (2010). Immigration and the New Metropolitan Geography. Journal of Urban Affairs, 32(10), 523-547.