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Judy Lubin
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Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH is a sociologist, policy analyst, communications strategist and professor at American University in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on race, politics, health and social policy. Dr. Lubin’s policy and advocacy expertise includes more than 10 years of experience raising awareness and support for some of today’s most pressing women’s, health and social issues as principal of Public Square Communications and in leadership positions with national advocacy and public policy organizations. Most recently, she spearheaded and was the lead author of Sociologists for Justice’s public statement in response to the shooting death of Michael Brown and police suppression of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. A first-of-its-kind effort to unify and leverage the expertise of sociologists in the context of an ongoing, national public crisis and debate, the statement garnered nearly 2000 signatures from distinguished scholars to graduate students and experts at think tanks and independent research firms.


Professor Lubin regularly writes about the intersection of race, politics and media on her site and as a contributor to the Huffington Post. She has also published peer-reviewed articles on the Affordable Care Act and Occupy Wall Street and has received support from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library for her research on race and the politics of health reform. She has been featured on national and local media including The Wall Street Journal, PBS.org, Baltimore Sun, Ebony Magazine, theRoot.com, Chicago Sun Times, Reuters, XM Satellite Radio, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, among others.


A former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow, Dr. Lubn previously served as Communications Director for two national women's health organizations, Director of the CBCF’s Congressional and Louis Stokes Health Policy Fellowship programs, and launched the National Minority AIDS Council’s online advocacy program. She earned her PhD in sociology from Howard University and Master of Public Health from Emory University. Her articles and commentary can be found on The Huffington Post and on her website.

Entries by Judy Lubin

Unequal Treatment? Race, Ebola and the Tragic Death of Thomas Eric Duncan

(30) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Why was Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national infected with Ebola, sent home when he first sought treatment at a Dallas hospital? The question is an unsettling one, not only because the failure to follow proper protocols may have cost him his life and placed others at risk of contracting...

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President Obama, Trayvon Martin and the Souls of Black Folk

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:34 AM

President Obama unexpectedly stepped into the Trayvon Martin controversy Friday afternoon, surprising members of press and the nation with his candid remarks on why so many African Americans are deeply pained by the killing of Trayvon Martin and the non-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. His remarks were especially...

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The Fear of More George Zimmermans

(6) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 10:47 AM

The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial comes as no surprise to many of us. But the outcome stings no less. My heart hurts for Trayvon's family. And I am fearful of what this verdict represents for those who could twist the string of events -- instigated by Zimmerman, into...

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Race and the Fight Against Obamacare

(185) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 9:17 AM

With resistance to President Obama's health care law culminating with the Supreme Court deciding the fate of the most important social policy since enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, the failure to win popular support for health care will be studied for many years to come. Racism has clearly...

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Health Care Showdown: How Did We Get Here?

(6) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 11:56 AM

As we all remember, passing the Affordable Care Act was no easy feat. The legislative and political battle over health reform was sharply drawn along ideological lines. After months of political wrangling and Tea Party protests that underscored fundamental differences on the role of government, the public option was off...

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Steve Jobs and the Future of Journalism

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 2:18 PM

Steve Jobs dramatically changed the media landscape with pioneering products that will forever change the way news is consumed and distributed. As I prepare to moderate a panel next week on news and media trends at the National Press Club, I'm pondering the disruptive changes to the field,...

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Netroots Panel On Black Voter Turnout Sparks Debate

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 7:02 PM

Joblessness in the black community combined with the oft-heard sentiment that the president has "dissed" his most loyal base has been the subject of heated public discussion, most notably the Cornel West/Al Sharpton debate on MSNBC back in April. But rather than focus on this issue, the Doing...

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Obama Schools Nation on Technology and Changing Economy

(14) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 9:38 AM

During his State of the Union address President Obama placed special emphasis on technology as an underlying force driving change in our economy. Early in his speech the president juxtaposed the "good old days" of "when finding a job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown"...

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Haiti's New Social Innovators --Young, Haitian Americans Plan for Country's Future

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake brought more misery than one nation should ever have to bear. The one-year anniversary will no doubt bring sobering reports that paint a bleak picture of Haiti's future. But for many young Haitian Americans, the hope for a better, stronger Haiti remains. For some, the tremblement...

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Tavis Smiley's 'America's Next Chapter' Promises Diverse Voices, Opinions

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 4:28 PM

The lack of diversity in the media has long been a source of frustration for media watchers. Turn on network or cable television and its clear that the value of racial, ethnic and gender diversity continues to be ignored by decision makers at mainstream television broadcast outlets. The result of...

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Will Young, Disenchanted Voters Show Up for Midterms?

(71) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 4:32 PM

In an increasingly unpredictable midterm election cycle, young voter turnout could make a difference in highly contested races around the country. With President Obama on the campaign trail and new efforts to reach targeted demographic groups including millennials, there is still time to turn out the vote among...

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The Right's 'Post-Racial' War on Civil Rights

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 11:58 AM

In the wake of the election of President Obama, the mainstream media posited the false notion that America was now in a 'post-racial' era in which the civil rights battles of the past were no longer relevant.

In this fantasy, having an African American in the Oval...

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