Department of Sociology

Syed Raza

MPH, Columbia University

Syed Raza



Theory; Comparative Historical Analysis; Global Ethnography; Political Economy; Biotechnoscience and Pharmaceuticals


Syed Raza is a second year doctoral student. Before starting his sociological studies, he was the Research Analyst and Project Manager at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he focused on developmental delays, congenital disorders, and disabilities among children, particularly autism. He completed his Master of Public Health degree with a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health from the interdisciplinary department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. His substantive research experience has varied from mental health disorders to the opioid epidemic, and from labor struggles to climate change activism. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Institute for Media Innovation, investigating the economic role of coworking spaces in financially distressed small towns and rural regions. He plans to turn this smorgasbord of research interests into a coherent research program during his doctoral studies. 

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