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As dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, Dean Malat is charged with the continued implementation of the CHS strategic plan to bring distinction to the College through outstanding achievements and successes of its faculty and students.
Jennifer Malat, Ph.D., is the dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University and a professor of sociology. Her research focuses on how racial inequity affects the health of people in the United States, in particular how the system of racial inequality affects patients and health care providers’ perceptions of medical encounters. Her most recent research examines how stress and social support over the life course affect birth outcomes. Malat's academic research on race and health has appeared in top journals including Social Science & Medicine and Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and has been funded by several organizations, such as the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March of Dimes and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Prior to joining VCU, Malat served as divisional dean for social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She also founded The Cincinnati Project, a research initiative that connects researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences with organizations that serve marginalized people to conduct research with a direct community benefit, and served as director of the University of Cincinnati’s Kunz Center for Social Research.
A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Malat earned her B.S. in sociology from the University of Minnesota and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.