John Pothen

BA in Chemistry, College of William & Mary, 2011
General Research Areas
Community-Based Participatory Action Research, Social Networks, Structural Marginalization, Collective Action, Health, Participatory Development
Current Research
I am currently conducting research on structural marginalization in the city of Atlanta, and am developing a partnership with a neighborhood within the city. I am interested in using the critical perspective and systematic methods of the social sciences to inform community-based health interventions. To do this, I use methods such as ethnographic observation, structured interviews, and social network analysis. By acting upon the knowledge that these methods generate, I nurture marginalized communities' capacity for collective action. My goal is to partner with communities in such a way that they can improve their own health and healthcare in a sustainable way. Along the way, I get to generate evidence that speaks to research questions regarding community, inequality, and social change.