Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

historian | sociologist | social epidemiologist

Vice-Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania


...a blue-collar academician who is one of America’s emerging voices on race, racism, & medicine...


Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a dynamic speaker, author, and scholar who serves as a Vice-Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Fellow within The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is appointed in the School of Social Policy and Practice and the Division of General Internal Medicine within Perelman School of Medicine. After obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees focused in medical and legal history, Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology & Law from the University of Florida. This two-time national journalism award winner examines the influence of race, racism, and law within medicine. Using Critical Race Theory, Jenkins is currently working on three book projects: (1) Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Racism in Medicine, (2) Refund My Freedom: How the Law Created Health Inequity in the Black Community, and (3) Branding Jezebel: Black Women, Law, and Medicine in Antebellum America. Dr. Jenkins also is columnist for the number one African-American health news resource BlackDoctor.org.

Before the journey to his doctorate degree, Jenkins is credited and renowned for expanding the title of public speaker as the Public Address Announcer for North Carolina Central University (1999-2007) and the On-Field Announcer for the Triple-A Affiliate for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Durham Bulls in Durham, North Carolina (2000-2007).  He was the first announcer to host the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s (CIAA) Super Saturday entertaining crowds of 20,000 for six consecutive years (2000-2006).  He was also the first weekend host of the North Carolina Educational Lottery (2006-2007). He also served as a writer for The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC starting at the age of 16 and later became a columnist for the Herald-Sun in Durham, NC in 2005.

Dr. Jenkins takes critical steps to better his community with a passion for people and love for knowledge. Jenkins served on the North Carolina initiative to close the academic achievement gap among Black and Brown youth. He also developed a thought-provoking youth curriculum for North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. High-powered corporate clients, such as McDonalds and ProQuest, invited Dr. Jenkins as a keynote speaker for state and global events. As an activist, he has led rallies for a litany of social justice issues that adversely impact minority communities. Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a blue-collar academician who is one of America’s emerging voices.


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